WHO IS THE GMHPN?
The GMHPN was formally registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 212-449) under the South African Non-profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997 in July 2018 and in July 2019 registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930065563) with the South African Revenue Services.
GMHPN developed from the successful initiatives of Movement for Global Mental Health, an international virtual network of individuals and organisations operating from rotating global secretariats in Australia, India, and South Africa since 2007 to improve services within a human rights framework for people living with mental health conditions worldwide. It is from this solid foundation that the GMHPN was launched in 2018 to create a more extensive, globally diverse mental health community and cadre of leadership to enhance the value of sharing initiatives and experiences.
Since the GMHPN's establishment in 2018, the focus of its work has involved the building of a sustainable structure to serve two main purposes:
The GMHPN emerged to give a voice to persons living with a mental health condition and who are users of mental health care and services - this specific target group of people with lived experience had never before been adequately represented at both local and international levels or been meaningfully involved in addressing the challenges and needs that they face on a daily basis at grassroots level. Yet many posses excellent leadership potential and passion but never been given the opportunity to lead and inspire change. The GMHPN specifically focuses on empowering and developing leadership potential to generate new global lived experience leaders, specifically focusing on the younger generation to start taking the lead.
The GMHPN’s projects and overall work in the field of mental health and human rights advocacy, aspires to have lived experience representation and mental health lived experience leadership from all 195 countries in the world, and becoming the first truly globally represented lived experience organisation in the world, who are instrumental in driving change and transformation, in every country. This is an ambitious goal, but it can be achieved through facilitating empowerment of persons with lived experience and develop leadership potential, while providing a solid support and engagement structure for emerging mental health lived experience leaders.
The entire GMHPN, as an international organisation, is solely driven and managed by persons with lived experience; including the Founder and CEO, the Board of Management, and each and every member of the Regional and Country Executive Committees, including the sub-structures, who are all people with lived experience.