Vision & Mission | Global Mental Health Program | Columbia University

Vision & Mission

We envision  a world in which mental illness loses its stigma and is recognized as a serious global issue that has an impact on all of us—economically, politically, and socially—whether or not our families or we are directly affected.

We envision  a world in which effective prevention and treatment interventions are available and accessible in all societies.

We strive to be a world leader in education, research, training and advocacy in global mental health.

We are on a mission to promote mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness around the globe by:

  • Delivering postgraduate educational programs that prepare clinicians and researchers to advance the field of global mental health
  • Developing training programs that build capacity for research and clinical care in low- and middle income countries
  • Conducting basic and applied research that has global relevance
  • Advancing community awareness and understanding of mental illness
  • Advocating for human rights of people with mental health illness, including the right to participate in civil society, as specified in United Nations Declarations