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Table 1 Three options for the organisational structure of the movement for global mental health

From: Goals and organisational structure of the movement for global mental health

  Anticipated benefits Anticipated challenges: Steps required:
OPTION 1: No Change    
Description: MGMH continues as it has been in a loose structure that primarily centers around a public website. • Little change is required • MGMH cannot collect any funding for its activities • Develop Terms of Reference outlining roles and responsibilities of the MGMH Secretariat and Advisory Group
• The momentum of MGMH remains low • Develop process for selecting the next Secretariat, and make decision
• Understanding of the purpose and activities of MGMH remains limited • Get consensus regarding the existence of an Advisory Group: If existence is supported, attain consensus regarding size, structure and responsibilities of the Advisory Group
• Formal partnerships, endorsements, etc. with MGMH are not possible
OPTION 2: Establish MGMH as an Association    
Description: MGMH is established as an independent international association • MGMH would have full autonomy • Establishing MGMH as an association would require significant human resources and funding, and is a lengthy process • Choose an appropriate country in which to establish the association
Example: World Psychiatric Association http://www.wpanet.org • MGMH could collect membership fees and other funds • MGMH is no longer a 'social movement' or a grass-roots initiative • Secure funding to register MGMH as an association
• Greater accountability for MGMH activities, hence greater transparency to its members • Development of an MGMH constitution which outlines its rules for operation, governance and formal membership
• Register as an association in a chosen country
• Develop a process for collecting membership fees, and procedures for when these fees can be waived
• Develop rules of membership
• Get consensus regarding size, structure and responsibilities of the Advisory Group
• Develop process for selecting the next Secretariat, and make decision
OPTION 3: Establish MGMH as a Charitable Organisation    
Description: MGMH is established as a charitable organisation, which therefore is registered as having a charitable purpose • MGMH can collect donations and other funds for future activities • Establishing MGMH as a charitable organisation would require significant human resources and funding, and is a lengthy process • Choose an appropriate country in which to establish the association
Example: Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) http://www.ccghr.ca • Greater accountability for MGM activities, hence greater transparency to its members • MGMH is no longer a 'social movement' or a grass­roots initiative • Secure funding to register MGMH as an association
• Development of an MGMH constitution which outlines its rules for operation, governance and formal membership
• Register as an association in a chosen country
• Develop a process for collecting membership fees, and procedures for when these fees can be waived
• Develop rules of membership
• Get consensus regarding size, structure and responsibilities of the Advisory Group
• Develop process for selecting the next Secretariat, and make decision