mental wellness Initiative

Mission Statement
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.

Paradigm Statement
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. 

2017 Briefing Paper
The briefing paper is a snapshots of this industry sector including valuable information on latest trends, challenges and initiative accomplishments. Read full paper HERE


Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD


Alina Hernandez

initiative 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 private sectors, governments and UN organizations, including WHO and the UN University, advising on culturally themed wellness strategies.


vice chair

Alina Hernandez, Organizational Advisor, United States
Alina Hernandez is an organizational advisor, whose recent work, with the Lorenzini Medical Foundation, specializing in primary prevention and translational medicine(New York City) solidified her commitment to evidence-based knowledge. Her work has included personal & organizational development; sponsorship and hospitality management for the Olympic Games and World Cup; and production of global meetings on health and wellness themes. Alina is a life-long student of Psychological Stage Development theories, and an Integral Theory practitioner. She collaborates with Dr. Sergio Pecorelli since 2015, and is currently developing a training program with Kima Wellness designed around Dr. Pecorelli’s work on the First 1000 Days of Life (one of the top three GWS Trends for 2018). She is a member of the Advisory Board of Field, Brain Spa optimization industry innovator.

initiative Members


Beata Aleksandrowicz


Nancy Board


Bryan Hoare


Vanessa Stoessel


Dr. Fikry Isaac


Dr. Lawrence Choy


Lahra Tatriele