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Global Mental Health Summit - Skills, rights, care

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Rome, October 13th - 14th,  2022
Istituto Superiore di Sanità - National Institute of Health - Viale Regina Elena, 299 - 00161 – Rome (Italy)

Following the previous events in London, Amsterdam and Paris, the Global Mental Health Summit (GMHS) in Rome builds upon Italy’s internationally recognised leadership in community mental health and deinstitutionalisation.

The GMHS is shared with the World Health Organization and aims to pursue the ambitious roadmap, launched in London in 2018, by increasing mental health awareness, and commitment among policymakers and society.

Mental health is an essential component of crisis response and economic recovery efforts, therefore the implementation of national policies promoting inclusive rights-based and effective mental health systems is even more necessary.

The GMHS’ main objective is:

  • to strengthen global action from Governments, international organisations and civil society to address the key issues related to mental health care, which has been upended under the pressure of the recent health and humanitarian crises, and overcoming the structural weaknesses that prevent millions of people from receiving adequate care for their mental health needs.

The main topics are:

  • the central role of a community-focused approach to mental health
  • the involvement of people with lived experience and their families in the process of care and recovery.

They have been envisioned based on an overarching framework emphasising the human rights and dignity of people affected by mental health conditions.

Mental health should be regarded as an essential component in preparedness and response to emergencies such as those we are currently facing. In this context, prevention and intervention efforts should focus on addressing the needs of those mostly affected by crises. There is a critical need for adequately funded, properly staffed, and well-organised mental health services. The barriers to overcome include, among others, lack of funding and investment in mental health care and research, scarcity of skilled human resources, societal stigma and discrimination.

The GHMS will also highlight different capacity building strategies, such as the identification and sharing of good practices, including the new opportunities provided by digital mental health and other alternative initiatives developed during the recent pandemic. These strategies are instrumental to develop and strengthen the skills, abilities, processes, and resources that mental health services and communities need to effectively address the mental health needs of all people throughout their entire life.



  • Ministry of Health, Italy: Sandra Zampa, Antonio Gaudioso, Giovanni Leonardi, Sergio Iavicoli, Giovanni Rezza, Maria Assunta Giannini, Mariella De Santis
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy: Davide La Cecilia (Diplomatic Advisor to Minister of Health), Fabio Cassese
  • National Health Council, Italy: Fabrizio Starace
  • National Institute of Health, Italy: Silvio Brusaferro
  • National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty, Italy: Concetta Mirisola
  • World Health Organization (WHO): Devora Kestel, Dan Chisholm
  • National Health Service (NHS England), United Kingdom: Tim Kendall
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands: Renet Van der Waals
  • Ministerial delegates for Mental Health and Psychiatry, France: Frank Bellivier, Simon Vasseur - Bacle
  • Public Health Agency, Canada: Ranu Sharma
  • European Federation of Associations of Families of People With a Mental Illness (EUFAMI): John Saunders
  • Global Mental Health Peer Network (GMHPN): Charlene Sunkel
  • International Association of School of Social Work (IASSW): Annamaria Campanini
  • International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH): Stavroula Leka
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM): Guglielmo Schininà
  • International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS): Saths Cooper
  • United for Global Mental Health (UGMH): Sarah Kline
  • World Psychiatric Association (WPA): Afzal Javed

Scientific Secretariat:

Ministry of Health:

  • General Secretariat: Giovanni Nicoletti, Sabrina Ziliardi
  • Directorate General for Communication and European and International Relations: Lucio Lemme, Benedetta Persechino, Guido Maringhini, Marco Mirabile
  • Directorate General for Health Prevention: Maria Assunta Giannini, Maria Migliore, Caterina Bianchi, Francesca Corradi

National Institute of Health:

  • Gemma Calamandrei, Angelo Picardi

National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty:

  • Gianfranco Costanzo


Organising Committee:

Ministry of Health

  • Directorate General for Communication and European and International Relations: Sergio Iavicoli, Alfredo D'Ari, Giorgia Gabrielli, Pierluca Dionisi, Barbara Porretta

National Institute of Health

  • Andrea Piccioli, Paola De Castro

Conference facilities of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) - National Institute of Health 

 The ISS is the main body for research, control and technical-scientific advice on public health in Italy.

Alongside the Ministry of Health, the Regions and the entire National Health Service, the ISS guides health policies on the basis of scientific evidence.



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