Mental Wellness Initiative

The Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute aims to understand those pathways that help people stay well and thrive mentally as well as physically. The lens of mental wellness extends from the very inner aspects of individual experience through to the influence and condition of what is sometimes called the ‘social mind’ – i.e. the mental condition of the surrounding society and its effect on &/or contribution to mental wellness.

We believe in empowering and communicating mental wellbeing for people around the world. Through the exchange of knowledge, we can promote and support lifelong growth, happiness, creativity, inner peace, compassion and wisdom. Movement and exercise, mindfulness, optimal nutrition and social connectivity are all supported by evidence as ways of creating and maintaining growth in mental wellness and happiness. In this, self-care and self-guidance are cornerstones to sustainable mental wellness.

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Initiative Leadership

Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD

Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD

Founding Chair

Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; & Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York,  United States.  Public Health Academic & Clinical Psychologist

Professor Gerry Bodeker, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, researches and advises on integrative medicine and wellness. He has researched and taught in medical sciences at Oxford for two decades, and is adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. He works with the private sector, governments and UN organizations…Read More

Alina Hernandez

Alina Hernandez

Initiative Co-Chair

Alina Hernandez, Organizational Advisor, Germany

Alina Hernandez is an award-winning Wellness program designer, Mayo Clinic trained Health & Wellness coach, author, and industry innovator. Her unique knowledgebase, including Translational Medicine/Science, the Wisdom Healing traditions, and Psychological Stage Development Theories, provides her with a unique lens of Wellness…Read More



The focus of The Mental Wellness Initiative is on mental wellbeing as a state of natural human functioning and part of an ongoing progression towards the optimization of human potential. The Mental Wellness Initiative starts from the premise that by learning about and coming to understand what it is humans are capable of, meaningful goals and evidence-based pathways can be created for living a life of fulfilment and higher potential. Accordingly, paths to fulfilling our higher potential can also be modalities for reducing mental health concerns and mental illness.

Featured Reports and Resources

Mental Wellness: Pathways, Evidence and Horizons – Initiative whitepaper

The world is suffering from a mental wellness crisis: Roughly one billion people suffer from anxiety, and one in four people experience mental disorders. This new report from the Global Wellness Institute’s Mental Wellness Initiative answers this need for more evidence-based pathways to mental wellbeing.

Mental Wellness – The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID

Posted strong 7% growth from 2019-2020 (from a $122 billion to a $131 billion market), as consumers desperately sought solutions to help them cope with pandemic stresses. The largest segment, “senses, spaces and sleep,” grew 12.4%, while the smallest segment, meditation and mindfulness, grew the fastest (25%). The forecast: strong 10% growth annually through 2025, to reach $210 billion.

Initiative Members

Meet the renowned thought leaders in this field who are collaborating to educate and evolve wellness in this area of global importance.



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