Upcoming Events

Mar 2018

University Seminar: Silvia Martins

University Seminar

Violence, Mental Health and Early Childhood Development in Brazil:  Initial Findings from a Collaborative Study

Speaker: Silvia Martins, MD, PhD • Co-Director, Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program

ssm2183_3_SilviaMartins CropDr. Silvia S. Martins is a faculty member of the Psych-Neuro cluster of the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is the co-director of the NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program in the department and the Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology (P6400). She is also the Department of Epidemiology Co-Investigator of the IMSD program at Columbia. She has co-authored more than 130 peer reviewed epidemiological and substance abuse journal articles, served as PI or MPI of multiple NIH funded grants. Notable recent findings have focused on recent trends in marijuana use, the relationship of perceived availability of marijuana with medical marijuana laws, traffic fatalities and medical marijuana laws and increasing trends in heroin use and heroin use disorder in the general U.S. adult population. She has received several awards for her research and mentoring, including, in 2011, the Award for pioneering efforts in gambling research, in 2013, the Columbia President’s Global Innovation Fund and more recently, in 2017, the Columbia University Mailman’s School of Public Health Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Her current research focuses on consequences of medical marijuana laws in the U.S, recreational marijuana laws in Uruguay, prescription drug monitoring programs, social media and marijuana, and gambling and impulsive behaviors among minority adolescents in the U.S. She has been continuously funded by NIH since 2006 as a Principal Investigator.

03/26/2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Apr 2018

University Seminar: Helle Harnisch

University Seminar

The Soldier Must be Buried: Experiences of Appetitive Aggression, Avoidance, and Ways of Belonging among Former Forcibly Recruited Children and Youth


Speaker: Helle Harnisch • PhD Researcher, Danish Center for Prevention of Radicalization – The Danish Police

HelleHelle Harnisch has a BA from Frederiksberg teacher training college in Denmark, and has in her years as a practitioner worked with at risk children and youth. After her masters in Educational Psychology, Helle became a PhD Fellow at Aarhus University, department of Education and Danish Institute Against Torture. Through qualitative, ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, surveys and video in the Acholi region of northern Uganda, her PhD explored resilience, mobilization and reintegration processes among children and youth associated with armed forces or groups. Today Helle still focuses on themes of radicalization, perpetration, survival, aggression, urge to kill, demobilization and in-and exclusion processes as a researcher at the Centre of Prevention of Radicalization with the Danish police.

04/02/2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

That Way Madness Lies: Free Film Screening at Columbia

April 11, 2018.

Barnard College, Columbia University, NY.

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard’s Film Studies department, and the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University Present:

A free screening of That Way Madness Lies.

Followed by a followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Sandra Luckow, artist in residence 2018 with the Global Mental Health Program.

This important film is a documentary about one man’s paranoid schizophrenia, told in-part from his point-of-view with a collection of iPhone video clips he made before being committed to the Oregon State Hospital in Portland, Oregon. It has been described by Pete Earley as the ‘…most honest portrayal of how severe mental illness ravages families and lives that I’ve seen!’

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required here. 


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04/11/2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

University Seminar: Anne Becker

University Seminar
Expanding Youth Mental Health Care Access in LMICs: Lessons from a School-Based Study in Haiti
Speaker: Anne Becker, MD, PhD • Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Science

beckerAnne E. Becker, MD, PhD, SM is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Becker has been lead investigator on a series of studies demonstrating the relationship between media exposure and eating pathology in the small-scale indigenous population of Fiji. In addition, Dr. Becker’s NIMH-funded research has investigated the impact of rapid economic and social transition on eating pathology, suicide, and other youth health risk behaviors in Fiji. She and her co-PI, Pere Eddy Eustache, have recently completed a school-based youth mental health pilot intervention in central Haiti with NIMH funding. Dr. Becker is founding and past Director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, former associate editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and served as a member of the American Psychiatry Association’s DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group as well as vice chairperson of their Council on International Psychiatry. She received the 2013 Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association and in 2014 received the Mentorship Award in recognition of “Exceptional Mentorship of Women Faculty” at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Becker served as vice chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine from 2009-2016 and is also past director of the HMS MD-PhD Social Sciences program; she presently serves on the Leadership Council of the Harvard/MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program.

04/16/2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

May 2018

Stand up for Mental Health: A Comedy Fundraiser

SUFMHNothing beats doing something fun for a cause! Mental health and substance use issues are affecting someone in every family, someone you know, someone you love, and someone you care about. We’re raising money so that research leading to better treatment all around the world will be made available.

Last year, our fundraising efforts totalled over $10,000 and we successfully funded seed grants for two Global Mental Health scholars – Elson Asevedo, MD in Brazil, and Goodman Sibeko, MD in South Africa.

On May 3, we are hosting our second annual fundraiser at Gotham Comedy Club to fund the research of a third Global Mental Health Scholar. These scholars are amazing, distinguished researchers who are committed to improving lives. Our support will allow them to expand their research on a global platform and advance the way they are able to conduct studies. Ultimately, it’s all about helping people.

Tickets are $100 if you are one of the first 100 to buy and include a comedy performance, open bar, appetizers, and a raffle.

Note: You must be 21+ to attend.

05/03/2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street. Buy Tickets

Five Boro Bike Tour 2018

In any given year, about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. — that’s 43.8 million, or 18.5% — experiences a mental disorder. Worldwide, mental and behavioral disorders account for approximately 7.4 percent of the global burden of disease, and represent the leading cause of disability—accounting for 22.2% of years lived with disability globally. It’s estimated that more than 75% of people with severe mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries, 35-50% of such individuals never receive care.

This year, the Global Fund for Mental Health is proud to support the Global Mental Health Program’s pioneering work by sponsoring a team in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour. All proceeds from your ride are tax-deductible and will support thoughtful, comprehensive, and innovative research and program initiatives around the world that benefit millions of people suffering from psychological distress.

Join us! As a Global Fund for Mental Health team member, you’ll enjoy:

  • An “early start” on the morning of May 6th — allowing you ample time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the route,
  • A light breakfast before we set out,
  • Lunch in a special tour hospitality area,
  • A souvenir t-shirt and cap, and
  • The satisfaction (and associated tax deduction) of supporting worldwide advances in mental health treatment.

Visit the Global Fund for Mental Health to register and for more information.


05/06/2018 All Day

Nov 2018

Healthier, Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness: An International Conference

Many people will celebrate their 80th, 90th, or even 100th birthday — but statistically people with serious mental illness don’t have the same chance at growing old. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), people living with serious mental illness have a life expectancy that is 10-20 years shorter than average. Fountain House has teamed up with WHO to put an end to that disparity.

Fountain House and the World Health Organization are establishing guidelines and best practices to extend and improve the quality of life for people living with mental illness to be implemented by governments and health care professionals around the world.

Fountain House, in partnership with the WHO collaborating Center for Global Mental Health at Columbia University Medical center, Grand Challenges Canada, and citiesRISE, will host an international conference, Healthier, Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness on November 8-9, 2018 in New York. The conference will be technically supported by WHO.



11/08/2018 - 11/09/2018 All Day Graduate Center 365 Fifth Ave., NYC