GHS9014B: Global Mental Health System Innovation 2017

Photograph of studnets at the summer pitch event

In January 2017, Global MINDS launched a new transdisciplinary graduate seminar course, “Global Mental Health System Innovation” at Western University, within the MMASc in Global Health Systems program.

At the start of the course, four high-performing student teams were created and tasked to develop a “disruptive solution” for a complex mental health system challenge proposed by one of our London community organization partners.

The Students' Journey

A day in the life of a Student Social Innovator included:
  • Mindfulness Exercise
  • Facilitation of Knowledge via Collaborative Teaching
  • Presentations
  • Professional Development Activities
  • At-Home Reflective Practice

The students created system maps, complex challenge questions and briefs, outlined their process, designing their solutions including implementation, evaluation and sustainability plans, and even investigated how their complex challenge is situated in Kenya.

Through all of this work, students realized how dynamic and emergent these complex challenges are, and the need for thinking and acting in novel ways.

Disruptive Final Solutions Pitch:

On April 3, 2017 we held the Disruptive Solutions Final Pitch Event, where student teams “pitched” their final solution for their community partner’s complex challenge to an audience of over 50 individuals from Western University and the London community.