Charlene Sunkel


Global Mental Health Peer Network


Ms Sunkel is the Founder/ CEO of the Global Mental Health Peer Network. She is a global voice for the rights of people with mental health conditions/ lived experience. SheÕs been working in the field of mental health, advocacy and human rights since 2003. She authored several papers from a lived experience perspective. She was a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development and the Lancet Commission on the Future of Psychiatry. She Co-Chaired the Lancet Commission on Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health. Ms Sunkel was recently appointed Editor in Chief of PLOS Mental Health. Ms Sunkel had been involved in the review/ drafting of various policies and legislation in South Africa and provided technical assistance to national and international mental health related policies and strategic documents. She serves on a number of international boards and committees, and previously been on the South African Presidential Working Group on Disability and Ministerial Advisory Committee on Mental Health. Ms Sunkel is the former Principal Coordinator for the Movement for Global Mental Health. She received a number of national and international awards for her work.

Why I support the Compassion Coalition

Having compassion and empathy for people and appreciating and protecting nature are interlinked when it comes to meaningful existence and creating a future that builds on our values as individuals.

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