The Global Now Project is a global situational analysis. The Global Now Project uses ‘service mapping tools’ to conduct a variety of activities to analyse all the organisations, programs, services, initiatives, research, resources, literature and stakeholders that are currently operating the mental health sector. The project aims to create a one-stop-shop for mental health consumers and professionals to access information about what is out there and what is happening in the mental health sector at a state, national and global level. The project will be broken down into five component parts – directory (state, national and global), resource clearinghouse, stakeholder register and links database

the Global Now Project

Directory

An online database that categorises state, national and global mental health programs, services and initiatives. It provides information about the initiatives address, postal address, contact phone number, website, contact email address, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. 

Links Database

An online database of links associated that provides easy access to ambassadors, annual reports, awards, charters and constitutions, conferences, consultations, declarations, events, executive boards and committees, forums, fundraising and donations, job opportunities, journals, media, membership, news, new letters, policy and advocacy, resources, search engines, staff and voluntary opportunities in the mental health sector.

Resource Clearinghouse

An alphabetical online database of mental health resources, documents, research and other literature. They are categorised by document, type of document, date published, weblink and PDF link. There will be an accompanying USB disk that provides accessibility of all resources that are mapped.

Research Database

An online database of all mental health research activities being undertaken at various research institutes and associations throughout the world. This includes the research being conducted in:

  • Mental Health Research Centres

  • Research Foundations

  • Behavioural Science Research

  • Departments of Psychology

  • Psychiatric Departments

  • Mental Health Academies, Institutes & Federations

  • Mental Health Socieities

  • Internal Mental Health Research Alliances & Networks

  • Public Mental Health

  • Research Councils

  • Global Mental Health Research

  • Research Banks

  • Brain Research

  • Neuroscience Research

  • Mental Health Research Projects & Initiatives

  • Centre of Excellence & Research Hubs

  • Fellowships

  • Mental Health Consumer Research

  • Youth Mental Health Research

  • Mental Health Research Organisations

  • Schizophrenia Research

Stakeholder Register

An alphabetical online database of mental health stakeholders. This will include staff members of organisations and initiatives, volunteers, consumer leaders, policy makers, researchers, ambassadors and representatives of people on committees and executive boards. 

Project Purpose

The Global Now Project aims to inform consumers, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders in the mental health system of what mental health programs, services, initiatives, resources, literature, research and stakeholders exist in the sector. It aims to facilitate greater involvement in the mental health sector to determine where these initiatives fit in the grander scheme of the mental health system. The project aims to make numerous changes to the mental health sector including:

  • Identifying gaps and where there is duplication in program, service and organizational design.

  • Identifying the most cutting edge strategies in project and research design

  • Acting as an organisational tool for mental health organisations, policy makers and other stakeholders to help design mental health services and events.

  • Providing a research tool for academics and researchers to gain an awareness of what other institutions are doing and to form a united research agenda.

  • Creating shared terminology, understanding and purpose amongst mental health stakeholders.

  • Summarise information from research, literature and other sources found on websites throughout the mental health sector.

  • Create a regional mental health framework based on the best practice found in the service mapping.

Project Values

1. Awareness: provide access to information to ensure that mental health consumers are informed to a degree that they can fully participate in their life journey.

  • Map the programs, services, initiative, resources, literature, research and stakeholders that exist within state, national and global boundaries and jurisdictions.

  • Come to a common understanding  of mental health issues and concerns

  • Provide a research tool for academics, researchers and decision makers so that they can access information related to mental health in one place.

  • Provide a research tool for academics and researchers to gain an awareness of what other institutions are doing so that they can come to a common understanding and operate under a common agenda

  • Summarise information from research, literature and other forms of information found on websites throughout the mental health sector.

2. Collaboration, Cooperation & Coordination: build a network of ‘communities of practice’ to share information, resources and cutting edge research in a fair and accessible way. It is important to bring mental health organisations, agencies and stakeholders together to:

  • Enhance the collaboration, dialogue and exchange of mental health leaders

  • Build partnerships in the mental health sector that bridge gaps that may be preventing collaboration, cooperation and coordination.

3. Transparency: destigmatise and demystify the mental health system.

4. Integration: build a coherent language, framework and agenda to reduce fragmentation and prevent organisations reinventing the wheel when designing and implementing strategies.

  • Allow all stakeholders in the mental health sector to pursue a common agenda in relation to the needs of mental health consumers and the validity of the consumer journey.

  • Create a shared language in the mental health sector that creates a universal terminology of mental health, mental illness and the journey of mental health consumers that is consistent, clear and concise research, clinical perspectives and the recovery model. This language must transcend cultures, languages, policy, procedure and law.

  • Identify where there is duplication and fragmentation in program, service, organizational and research design so that organisations and agencies do not ‘reinvent the wheel’ when designing projects, services, websites, initiatives and research.

  • Identifying gaps in program, service, organizational and research design.

  • reduces duplication in resource design and integrates the evidence collected in research already conducted

  • Build a common regional mental health framework from currently existing initiatives, including coherent policies, processes (i.e. plans and procedures), terminology, methodology and practice based on best practice found in the service mapping.

  • A centralized global policy, planning and research agenda in the mental health system  that integrates a common understanding and cutting-edge evidence from a variety of sources

  • Provide free and easily accessible information through an open source framework that equips mental consumers with the skills to take responsibilities of their lives and reach their full potential.

  • Provide a free and easily accessible source of information that equips mental consumers with the skills to take responsibilities of their lives and reach their full potential.

  • Facilitate dialogue with consumers so that they have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

  • Ensure that consumers are involved in the design and implementation of the program (e.g. at least 50% of contributors must have the lived experience of mental health)

5. Opportunities, Innovation & Entrepreneurialism: provide opportunities for engagement, rehabilitation, recovery, employment in the mental health system. The program aims to prevent obstacles to progressive, entrepreneurial and innovative ideas in the mental health sector.

  • Identify the most cutting edge strategies in project and research design

Act as an organisational tool for mental health organisations, policy makers and other stakeholders to help design mental health services and events.

Project Requirements

  • Service Mapping Software

  • Presentation Software (e.g. Prezi)

  • Survey Software (e.g. survey monkey)

  • Collaboration Software (e.g. Asana, Citrix or Podio )

  • Web Conferencing Software Tool (e.g. Apache OpenMeetings)

  • Computers with secure networking at office

  • Internet connection

  • Printing tools and costs

  • Funding for the project (e.g. grants

  • Projector for presentations

  • Video explaining how to use the tool

  • People with the ‘lived experience of mental health’ who have time to contribute to the project.

  • EOI Templates

Project Assumptions

There are numerous assumptions upon which the framework for the mental health global situational analysis is taking into consideration. The major assumption based on the project design is the fact that ‘prior to dreaming (i.e. planning and design), one must first explore the context in which we live and what has come before us. Other assumptions include that in the current situation of the mental health system there is a need for:

  • Organisation, cooperation and coordination of the information of the information that has been collected in mental health services at a state, national and global level prior to create further plans.

  • Collaboration of leaders in the mental health sector at a state, national and global level .

  • Increased awareness of organisations, programs, services etc. in the mental health sector at all levels of society, especially for decision making and policy making.

  • A universal terminology of mental health, mental illness and the journey of mental health consumer that transcends national policies and plans as well as different cultures and languages.

  • A reduction in the duplication of program and service design in the mental health sector to create a unified agenda amongst the mental health system to prioritise the most pressing needs in the mental health sector.

  • A unified research agenda that prioritises amongst mental health research needs, reduces duplication in resource design and integrates the evidence collected in research already conducted

  • A network of community’s of practice that share information, resources , research etc.

  • A universal template for a regional mental health platform that uses best practice from a variety of sources

  • A centralized global mental health agenda  that integrates a common understanding and cutting-edge evidence from

Project Constraints

There are numerous constraints in the design and development of the project.

  • Remaining Peer Run: the project relies on getting fellow minded people Interested in the project with at least 50% of the people involved in the project having the lived experience of mental health.

  • Securing Grant Applications: it is important to receive funding from over a grant or receiving financial input by a subsidiary organisation.

  • Copyright and Consent: the project will use information which may intrude on other people’s intellectual property and privacy. It will therefore be important to gain consent, copyright protection and negotiate ethical considerations such as plagiarism.

  • Internet Security: this project requires protection from the internet (such as administering firewalls and other security considerations) to ensure that the software applications used in the program are secure on the internet.

  • Controversy: the project is controversial as it challenges the focus of the mental health system to a more centralized model.

Project Boundaries

  • Working with information that does not breach copyright and intellectual property concerns.

  • Generating interest and promoting the project across the globe with minimal or no funding.

  • Expertise in social media and collaboration software.

  • Reaching out to participants across state and national borders due to transport concerns

  • Communicating with participants across state and national borders.

  • Time constraints due to the complexity of the program, especially the summarization of information and implementing regional strategy.

Project Risks

  • Computer protective and the legitimacy of internet security tools

  • The legitimacy, limits and risks of open source initiatives

  • Legalities of using Skype and online conferencing tools

  • Internet security (i.e. hacking)

  • Confidentiality and privacy legislation

  • Intellectual property and copyright legislation boundaries

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