We have gained global recognition as an organisation and source of diverse lived experience expertise. We are often invited to participate in local, international and high-level discussion platforms, and to review and provide strategic and technical guidance into policies, reports and related documents.
Working & Engaging with Persons with Lived Experience
We place an emphasis on meaningful and authentic lived experience engagement, and offer recommendations as to how this can be achieved, for example through reasonable accommodations.
We developed a set of considerations for those who are or plan to work and engage with (us) persons with lived experience with mental health conditions, which will help us to be more productive, effective and efficient. These measures can specifically assist in reducing anxiety, help manage concentration and memory problems, and improve confidence. Most importantly, we will feel valued and respected.
Lived Experience Representation
We are represented on various international Boards and Committees, providing lived experience perspectives, these include: Healthy Brains Global Initiative; Movement for Global Mental Health; World Psychiatry Association; Countdown Global Mental Health 2030; Global Mental Health Action Network; Speak Your Mind Global Campaign; Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP.
We have been involved in a number of research projects and reports.
Our Founder/CEO, Charlene Sunkel, co-leads The Lancet Commission on Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health, with Prof Sir Graham Thornicroft, and is a Commissioner on The Lancet Psychiatry Commission on Psychosis. She was also involved in The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development and The WPA/Lancet Psychiatry Commission on the Future of Psychiatry.
The Global Mental Health Peer Network is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 212-449) under the South African Non-Profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997, and is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930065563) with the South African Revenue Services.
The Global Mental Health Peer Network is kindly supported by the Foundation to Promote Open Society (FPOS)