Together, Mental, Neurological and Substance Use (MNS) conditions are the leading cause of disability worldwide, and are responsible for more than 10% of the global burden of disease.
One in four people will develop a mental health condition in their lifetime
One in six people are currently living with a neurological condition
Up to 6.4% of the population struggles with a substance use condition each year
Over 85% of those who are living with a mental health condition still have no access to treatment
MNS conditions will cost the global economy nearly $16 trillion in lost economic output by 2030 - $7 trillion of which will come from developing economies
Our mission is to find, connect and support innovators with the tools, resources and skills they need to scale up and sustain innovation.
Mental health only receives 1% of all overseas development aid for health, and most of this goes to research.
We’ll invest in innovations stuck in this gap between seed and scale, and work with them to develop new, sustainable approaches to funding that allows them to move from ‘funding led’ to ‘funding enabled’.
Innovators often reach a ‘cross-roads’ moment where pathway to scale isn’t clear, and they’re not receiving the recognition they deserve.
We’ll work with innovators to assess the potential of their innovation, increase their visibility and work out their options, so they’re equipped to make the right decision about which way to go.
In some cases scale-up requires innovators to turn their idea from a research project to business or a social enterprise.
We’ll support innovators to make this transition, and link innovators into a network of experts who can provide in-kind support in financial planning, stakeholder engagement and capacity building.
The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Programme
Public-Private partnership providing community mental health services in Benue State. Led by Philip Ode
Support groups for indigenous women in rural Guatemala. Led by Anne Marie Chomat
Family Networks for Kids
Family networks for children with developmental disorders. Led by Usman Hamdani
The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) is a community of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, advocates and funders from around the world sharing innovative resources and ideas to promote evidence-based best practice in mental health.
The SHM Foundation is a registered charity established by the business insights consultancy SHM Productions Ltd. SHM Foundation has developed its own mental health innovation: a psychosocial support group model for people living with HIV worldwide, which uses mobile health to facilitate peer-to-peer communication. SHM Foundation is headquartered in London, with global partners.
The Tree that Jaya Grew: Using Tree of Life in the Rural Indian Himalayas
Jaya* was only 9 years old when I met her. She lived across the path from the house where I was staying, in a village at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The village was quiet most of the time – stumpy mud houses with slate roofs, new pillar-box concrete houses painted lollipop colours, bordered by small step farms where wheat, corn and rice were grown in a cycle throughout the year.
An Ember Story
A’s Story - “I have waited twelve years to get this information; I don’t want other mothers to suffer like me.” - These are the words of A, a mother of two sons with intellectual disability and thalassemia living in a village in North Pakistan, where there is low literacy and no mental healthcare or caregiver services available. People have to travel miles to see a doctor, something that they can only afford to do once a year as it costs them a lot of time and money.
Buena Semilla wins Gates Award for Planting Seeds and Nurturing Change
In May 2018, the Gates Foundation announced an initial seed grant to Buena Semilla as part of Grand Challenges Explorations. This $100,000 USD award will allow Buena Semilla to extend their unique approach to women’s psychosocial health and wellbeing to new target populations in indigenous communities of Guatemala.