Global Mental Health

The Mount Sinai Global Mental Health Fellowship is directed by Craig L. Katz, MD, of the Mount Sinai Global Health Center and Department of Psychiatry. Ongoing and past field projects include:

Belize Ministry of Health (2007-current)
In this international program, senior residents (fellows) in psychiatry serve as “master teachers” who supervise and teach psychiatric nurse practitioners, other health care professionals, correctional staff, and police officers. Fellows also collaborate on policy development with the head psychiatrist. Research includes assessing the knowledge and attitudes towards psychiatry among nurse practitioners who are the backbone of the country’s evolving public mental health system.

East Harlem Health Outreach Project (2008-current)
In this student-run program, fellows spend one Saturday per month collaborating in the evaluation and treatment of clinical depression and related conditions. The ultimate goal is to compare and contrast with their work in international settings.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Health (2010-current)
This program follows a similar structure to the “master teacher” program in Belize and will focus on training nurses in primary care clinics.

Health Education and Relief Through Teaching (HEARTT) and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Liberia (2011- current)
This project – a collaboration between HEARTT, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Liberia, and Massachusetts General Hospital – involves the implementation of a new national mental health policy that focuses on child mental health.

Tohoku, Japan (2011-current) - Led by Drs Robert Yanagisawa and Craig Katz, Mount Sinai Global Mental Health is working towards disseminating a long-term community recovery project and a new outreach model for mental health services in the area afflicted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster following the Japan earthquake and tsunami.  

Working with local Japanese groups and US organizations, Mount Sinai Global Health helped found the Nagomi Mental Health Clinic to address the substantial mental healthcare gap in services provided post-disaster.     

The clinic sees 250 to 310 patients per month and outreach teams provide much-needed consultation services to influential community members, including fire fighters, teachers, and  nursing home workers. In addition, the global health team contributes knowledge gained in disaster-response mental health practices via international symposia, video conferences, and by initiating exchange of trainees.

Tin Marin Museum, San Salvador, El Salvador (2008-09)
In this international program, research was conducted with students and teachers visiting an innovative exhibit on child abuse. Knowledge/attitudes about abuse detection and reporting were evaluated. The results generated ideas to be pursues for improving child abuse detection and prevention.

To learn more about global mental health disparities and the need for a network of mental health programs around the world, read Dr. Katz’s editorial “Mind the World Mental Health Gap” in the Huffington Post.