Deadline: November 2, 2015
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites pilot research proposals in the field of global mental health. The complex interdisciplinary aspects of global mental health have led DGHI to identify this as one of its Research Priorities. For more information on DGHI’s Research Priorities, see https://globalhealth.duke.edu/research, including the Global Mental Health Initiative https://globalhealth.duke.edu/topics/mental-health.
Global mental health, historically neglected in global health, is now established as an emerging field. The treatment gap for mental disorders across the world is large and leads to chronic disability and increased mortality for those affected. Research is needed to identify effective treatment and prevention strategies to close the gap. Mental illness is linked to substantial social and economic costs, and is associated with general health and chronic disease outcomes. Interdisciplinary research is needed to validly diagnose, effectively treat, and develop mental health systems of care that address the treatment gap and limited availability of providers/services.