Upcoming Events

Apr 2019

University Seminar: Every 40 Seconds: A Global Perspective on Suicide Prevention

Tahilia Rebello, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She also works jointly on the staffs of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University, as Research Program Manager, and the World Health Organization, in the capacity of Project Coordinator for the development of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Dr. Rebello is trained as a neuroscientist and completed her doctoral work in the field of developmental psychobiology and pharmacology at Columbia University. Her research focused on understanding the way in which early-life events, specifically those that impact the levels of serotonin in the brain, affect the development of brain regions implicated in anxiety and depression. Her transition from the basic sciences to population-level mental health included an internship with WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. As part of her internship and current work, she has contributed to several suicide prevention initiatives, including the development of the Self-Harm and Suicide module for the WHO’s Mental Health Gap Program (mhGAP), the Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide: A Framework, and Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative. In 2018, she was an awarded a Policy Scholar award from the NY State Office of Mental Health to study clinicians’ knowledge, practice, and training on suicide risk assessment and prevention for immigrant clients in New York in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Stanley’s research team at NYSPI. She has also collaborated with the Africa Mental Health Foundation to develop trainings, referral pathways and data-collection infrastructure to help enhance screening and management for individuals exhibiting suicidal behaviors in rural Kenya.

04/15/2019 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

May 2019

2019 Five Boro Bike Tour

The Global Fund for Mental Health is our proud sponsor in the 2019 TD Five Boro Bike Tour!

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.

Through cutting edge research, training, and advocacy, Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Programs work to address the profound gaps that exist in mental health understanding and services around the globe. Our singular aim: to alleviate the global burden of disease inflicted by mental illness.

ALL_5BORO_LOGOS_FOR_USE_RGBThis year, the Global Fund for Mental Health is proud to again support our pioneering work by sponsoring a team in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour. All proceeds from this ride will support thoughtful, comprehensive, and innovative research and program initiatives around the world that benefit millions of people suffering from psychological distress.

To guarantee a spot on our team, each rider this year pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000. This contribution is fully tax-deductible.

Join us! As a team member, you’ll enjoy:

  • An “early start” on the morning of May 5th — 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.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Click below to sign up now:

Register to Ride


05/05/2019 All Day

Stand Up for Mental Health

On Thursday, May 9th the Columbia Global Mental Health Programs’ Young Professionals Board is hosting its third annual fundraiser at Gotham Comedy Club to support the Council for the Advancement of Global Mental Health Research.

Stand Up for Mental Health will take place on Thursday, May 9th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Gotham Comedy Club located at 208 W 23rd Street. To purchase tickets or donate to the cause, please visit the Eventbrite site here.

Tickets are $100 if you are one of the first 100 people to buy, and the event includes a comedy performance, open bar, appetizers, and a raffle!

05/09/2019 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Global Mental Health Summer Institute

The 2019 Summer Institute in Global Mental Health will be held in May (15 – 20), in New York City at Teachers College, Columbia University. This is a 6-day intensive training course for mental health and allied professionals and trainees working with populations exposed to severe adversities and trauma worldwide.

Lena Verdeli, Ph.D., MSc, and Kathy Clougherty, L.C.S.W. will train in the WHO Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Group IPT) manual.

Peter Ventevogel, MD (the Mental Health Senior Expert of UNHCR) will train in the mhGAP – Humanitarian Intervention Guide (WHO).

For registration and more information: www.tc.columbia.edu/cps/global.

Early bird discounts are currently available.


05/15/2019 - 05/20/2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm