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About Ember

Ember is a collaboration between the SHM Foundation and the Mental Health Innovation Network.

We believe mental health interventions that grow out of communities are uniquely equipped to overcome issues of stigma and engage people in meaningful, culturally-sensitive ways. However, they face serious barriers to sustaining and scaling up their work, often lacking resources and networks.

Ember nurtures and strengthens these grassroots innovations in global mental health to enable millions more people to benefit from their potential.


The Ember Method

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The Health Check

We select innovative and effective grassroots mental health projects using in-depth interviews. We then conduct the ‘Ember Health Check’ to identify their strengths and diagnose the barriers they face to sustaining and scaling up their work.


Bespoke Support

We deliver a package of support tailored to the pioneer's needs, using collaborative tools and interdisciplinary workshop methods. This may include legal support, branding and design, strategy support, financial auditing and building capacity in communications, fundraising and impact evaluation.



We broker relationships between innovators and a range of key experts from the Ember Partners Address Book, including lawyers, financial advisors, designers, policy makers, researchers and funders.


Community Building

We bring innovators together in a global community to share their unique insights so that innovations can be adapted and adopted for different contexts.

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