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Global mental health represents the study, research, and practice between a diverse range of stakeholders which include practitioners, researchers, policy makers and advocates, working together to foster research and capacity building in policy, prevention, and treatment and care for mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders.
Priority is particularly placed on reducing the ‘treatment gap’ – the gap between levels of services provided and users in need of those services – in the provision of mental health care services globally. The efforts of researchers are increasingly focused on developing and testing low cost, high impact innovations in service delivery that have the potential to be scaled up and adapted to new and diverse settings.
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Aims of the Forum
This year’s forum aims to encourage the sharing of evidence and experience to strengthen the case for greater investment in mental health research and services around the world, especially in low and middle income countries.
Aims of the Hack Day
The Hack Day serves as an opportunity for developers to engage with delegates to find solutions to challenges facing global mental health researchers, practitioners, service users and other stakeholders. It is anticipated that the Hack Day will stimulate greater interdisciplinary collaboration and lead to innovative strategies to tackle the challenges in providing mental health care.
"This year's Global Mental Health Hack Day is supported by Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada) as part of their commitment to improve access to, and the quality of global mental health services through the development, testing and scale up of Integrated Innovations in global mental health. To learn more about Grand Challenges Canada please visit: http://www.grandchallenges.ca/"
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