The Thrive Foundation is an accelerator for solving mental health. It uses emerging scientific evidence, cutting-edge innovation, and the human touch, to solve mental health in a community.
Mental health is dependent on structural determinants: mental wellbeing is best achieved in equitable, just and non-violent societies (Patel 2014). Few Western countries truly harness people power within their communities to improve their societies.
We have previously argued that global mental health needs to be solved urgently. Only a combined effort make an impact.
To actually solve mental health, a complete reimagining of the complex societal mental health ecosystem is needed.
One recurring innovation challenge is finding the right location to test out ideas, interventions, new technology and social change. The ideal space is accessible, well regulated, international and ring-fenced. Could public- and private-sector innovation be accelerated by the co-ordinated use of “smart specialisation” by smaller countries? Nesta has pointed previously to the advantages of smaller scale in national innovation capacity.
Mental ill health is one of the world’s greatest challenges — and at the Thrive Foundation, we believe we can solve it.
Before we put a man on the Moon or ran the four-minute mile, humankind deemed these goals impossible. Once they had been proven possible, expectation shifted and progress was exponential. The Thrive Foundation believes we can do the same for solving global mental health by demonstrating that it is possible, starting in a self-governing island nation.