Global MINDS


The Global MINDS Focuses on low/middle income counties (LMIC) by specifically looking at local communities facing marginalization especially in mental health inequities. The program looks at the global burden of mental and substance use disorders and related issues. The program includes two streams of learning and development opportunities which are the Graduate Seminar Course and the Fellowship Program. Global MINDS focuses on the need for intergration and intersection between different sectors in order to better address issues of mental health and substance abuse. The program empowers students by utilizing five guiding principles which include: 

  1. Create a Culture of Innovation. The most important driver of innovation is culture. An innovative
    climate is one that cultivates engagement and enthusiasm, challenges people to take risks within a
    safe environment, fosters learning, and encourages independent thinking.

  2. Foster Cultural Humility. Working in international and cross-cultural contexts requires our
    learners and faculty to consider both the goals and processes of traditional/local cultural constructs,
    paradigms and approaches to mental disorders and professional education. This requires a process-oriented approach to cultural safety, a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, and a desire to attend to and repair power imbalances. 

  3. Participate Authentically. Achieve competence though authentic participation in situations that are
    real, dynamic and emergent, distributed across networks (communities of authentic practice) and a
    constantly evolving set of multiple and interconnecting people, tools, teams and work.

  4. Be Disruptive To Be Innovative.  A disruptive innovation is one that displaces an existing approach to produce something new, more efficient and effective. To create the conditions that lead to the development of solutions that disrupt existing approaches and static notions of mental health care systems, we need to first be disruptive in the way we communicate, teach and learn.  

  5. Build Communities of Practice. By leveraging across and within the disciplines such as medicine, health and social sciences, education, business, information and media studies and the humanities, we bring together people who are engaged and motivated to to tackle complex challenges in new ways.


Getting involved:

Fellowship Program

The students within the fellowship program have excelled academically while showcasing interest in mental health and positive social change. Their compassion for others and focus on using innovative approaches to overcome challenges draws them in becoming involved with the Global MINDS Fellowship Program.

Students are supported by faculty and researchers from both Western University and the Africa Mental Health Foundation, encompassing expertise in various fields including social innovation, education and population health.

Application Process

Step One: Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement, CV/resume, copy of previous transcripts and two references. The information can be emailed as a pdf package to Kait Saxton at

Step Two: Interview

The interview will focus on your past experiences and what you hope to achieve from the program. You will also be asked to propose an innovative solution to a complex health challenge affecting a marginalized community.

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