Who is the Global Mental Health Peer Network?
“Strengthening the voices of persons with lived experience globally through empowerment and inspiring respect and acknowledgement of their experiences, views and opinions as valued and equal citizens of the world”
Two principles are fundamental to the GMHPN:
The Global Mental Health Peer Network (GMHPN) is a global mental health care user organisation that functions as an entity of its own and that strives to ensure that the “voices” of persons with lived experience, wherever in the world, have the platform to share their experiences, views, opinions and perspectives in a well-established and sustainable structure, that promotes human rights, empowerment, recovery and peer support – where lived experience is the driving force behind NO stigma, QUALITY of life, EQUALITY and EQUITY.
LAUNCH OF THE GMHPN
The GMHPN was founded by Ms Charlene Sunkel, the Principal Coordinator of the Movement for Global Mental Health, and a person with lived experience, who are passionate about global mental health.
The GMHPN was officially launched at the 5th Global Mental Health Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 9 February 2018.
The establishment of the GMHPN was kindly funded by Comic Relief.
Establishment of the GMHPN:
- GMHPN was founded in 2017 by Ms Charlene Sunkel, Principal Coordinator of the Movement for Global Mental Health | Expert by Experience;
- Originated from the MGMH Principal Coordinator’s (Ms Sunkel’s) vision for the Movement for Global Mental Health (2017-2019);
- Officially launched 9 February 2018 at the 5th Global Mental Health Summit.
- Formally registered on 27 July 2018 as a Non-Profit Organisation (212-449 NPO) under the South African Non-profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997.