Community Events

Events to celebrate mental health, the arts, and community.


Upcoming Events

No upcoming seminars or lectures scheduled at this time. Please check back soon.


Past Events

Five Boro Bike Tour 2018

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.

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

Join us! As a Global Fund for Mental Health team member, you’ll enjoy:

  • An “early start” on the morning of May 6th — 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.

Visit the Global Fund for Mental Health to register and for more information.


05/06/2018 All Day

Stand up for Mental Health: A Comedy Fundraiser

SUFMHNothing beats doing something fun for a cause! Mental health and substance use issues are affecting someone in every family, someone you know, someone you love, and someone you care about. We’re raising money so that research leading to better treatment all around the world will be made available.

Last year, our fundraising efforts totalled over $10,000 and we successfully funded seed grants for two Global Mental Health scholars – Elson Asevedo, MD in Brazil, and Goodman Sibeko, MD in South Africa.

On May 3, we are hosting our second annual fundraiser at Gotham Comedy Club to fund the research of a third Global Mental Health Scholar. These scholars are amazing, distinguished researchers who are committed to improving lives. Our support will allow them to expand their research on a global platform and advance the way they are able to conduct studies. Ultimately, it’s all about helping people.

Tickets are $100 if you are one of the first 100 to buy and include a comedy performance, open bar, appetizers, and a raffle.

Note: You must be 21+ to attend.

05/03/2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street. Buy Tickets

That Way Madness Lies: Free Film Screening at Columbia

April 11, 2018.

Barnard College, Columbia University, NY.

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard’s Film Studies department, and the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University Present:

A free screening of That Way Madness Lies.

Followed by a followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Sandra Luckow, artist in residence 2018 with the Global Mental Health Program.

This important film is a documentary about one man’s paranoid schizophrenia, told in-part from his point-of-view with a collection of iPhone video clips he made before being committed to the Oregon State Hospital in Portland, Oregon. It has been described by Pete Earley as the ‘…most honest portrayal of how severe mental illness ravages families and lives that I’ve seen!’

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required here. 


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04/11/2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Into the Light: Free Film Screening At Columbia University

Into the Light PBS NYC Film Premiere and Panel Conversation about the stigma and shame surrounding mental health in America

A film screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen Founder and President of Give an Hour, a national nonprofit which provides free therapy to veterans and their families and creator of The Campaign to Change Direction; and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, CEO and President of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, host of the PBS series Healthy Minds and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Rishi Goyal, Emergency Room Physician and Director of the Medicine Literature and Society Major track at ICLS.

Into the Light is an uplifting PBS documentary about a psychologist who, while counseling veterans with PTSD, comes to terms with her own emotional trauma and searches for her schizophrenic mother whom she has not seen in 40 years.

Film trailer available for viewing here.

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03/08/2018 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Innovation in the Arts: Sarah Jones performing ‘Sell/Buy/Date’

March 6, 2018,

Geffen Playhouse Theater, Los Angeles. 

Sarah Jones is a one-woman global village, and she’s receiving the 2017 Global Mental Health Award for Innovation in the Arts in honor of her unabashed exploration of people’s struggles, and her crusade to preserve the full humanity of voices seldom heard in the theater. Sarah is a Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright and performer best known to theater audiences for her multi-character, one-person shows Bridge & Tunnel and Sell/Buy/Date. The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University is thrilled to offer a limited number of seats to benefit the work we are doing together to alleviate the stigma and suffering associated with mental illness around the world.

A Performance You Don’t Want to Miss!

To support the ongoing work of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program buy your ticketsHERE. 



03/06/2018 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love is EleMENTAL: Eve Ensler performing ‘In The Body of The World’

Join us for GMHP’s Annual Valentine Arts event!

February 9, 2018 from 6pm, NYC.

The Tony Award-winning author, performer and activist Eve Ensler, whose The Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to MTC with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis.  Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler’s personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching and inspiring piece is Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (WaitressPippin).

Purchase your tickets to support the ongoing work of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program HERE .


02/09/2018 6:00 pm