Research is an essential element in our advocacy work as research provides us with evidence to convince governments to transform mental health and other societal systems effectively, efficiently, and set within a human rights framework. Therefore, it is important that we help guide research through active involvement and collaboration with research and are involved in training of health and mental health professionals in academic institutions.
Lancet Commission on Stigma
The newly established Lancet Commission on stigma and discrimination in mental health (LCS), led by the Commission Co-Chairs Charlene Sunkel, Founder/CEO of the Global Mental Health Peer Network (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Sir Graham Thornicroft, Community Psychiatrist and Professor at King’s College London (London, UK), brings together experts, including experts by experience, from different backgrounds around the world to examine current definitions and impacts of stigma and discrimination, to identify policies, resources, interventions and initiatives which are contextually and culturally relevant and effective to eradicate mental health related stigma and discrimination.
Lancet Commission on Psychosis
The Lancet Psychiatry Commission on the Psychoses in a Global Context consists of a group of researchers, policy makers, clinicians , family members and service users convened to produce a comprehensive knowledge synthesis and vision for future research and development focused on psychosis. The GMHPN is represented on the Commission, providing lived experience perspectives.
We participated in several other research projects, including: Mental health research evidence and policy interrelationships in South Africa: Case study and validation of the EVITA1.1 framework; GLAM Research Study; NEON Study; Within and Against Global Mental Health: The Activism of Psychosocial Disability Advocates; International evidence on how to strengthen primary health care for the mentally ill; Decision-making for psychiatric inpatient admission without consent in South Africa; EURIKHA - Explorations of User-led Research: Impact, Knowledge and Historical Approaches; amongst others.