Healthier Longer Lives Partners


Fountain House, in partnership with WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Mental Health at Columbia University Medical Center, Grand Challenges Canada and citiesRISE, will host the conference, with technical support from WHO.


Fountain House successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. We were founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery. Each year, over 1,300 members come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.  

Fountain House creates a culture that transforms lives. Our members, in partnership with staff, operate employment, education, housing and wellness programs. They perform all activities, including advocacy, administrative support, building maintenance and food preparation that keep our community going. Members hold jobs, graduate from schools, develop social networks and experience fewer hospitalizations and improved overall health. Increased fulfillment, sense of purpose, and stability inevitably follow.

Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually. In 2014, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recognized our global reach and the efficacy of our evidence-based model with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

WHO Collaborating Center For Global Mental Health at Columbia University Medical Center

Pioneering research initiatives. Promoting mental health. Reducing the burden of mental illness worldwide.

We envision  a world in which mental illness loses its stigma and is recognized as a serious global issue that has an impact on all of us—economically, politically, and socially—whether or not our families or we are directly affected.

We envision  a world in which effective prevention and treatment interventions are available and accessible in all societies.

We strive to be a world leader in education, research, training and advocacy in global mental health.

We are on a mission to promote mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness around the globe by:

  • Delivering postgraduate educational programs that prepare clinicians and researchers to advance the field of global mental health

  • Developing training programs that build capacity for research and clinical care in low- and middle income countries

  • Conducting basic and applied research that has global relevance

  • Advancing community awareness and understanding of mental illness

  • Advocating for human rights of people with mental health illness, including the right to participate in civil society, as specified in United Nations Declarations

Grand Challenges Canada

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as Integrated Innovation®.

One of the largest impact-first investors in Canada, and with a feminist investment approach, Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 800 innovations in more than 80 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1 million lives and improve up to 28 million lives by 2030.

Grand Challenges Canada is hosted in Toronto at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network.


citiesRISE is a global platform committed to transforming the state of mental health policy and practice in cities and beyond to meet the mental health needs of populations across the world.

To achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health – especially among young people – citiesRISE is scaling up proven methodologies and tools and harnessing the skills and energy of experts and communities. We envision a world where mental health is approached holistically to support positive outcomes in health, productivity, education, and social inclusion.