Policy, Advocacy and Financing
We want to see a world where everyone, everywhere, has someone to turn to in support of their mental health. This is at the heart of our advocacy work.
United for Global Mental Health is helping to drive an increase in political will and investment for mental health around the world. We provide advocacy, campaigning and financing support to global institutions, businesses, communities and individual change makers seeking greater action on global mental health.
To do this we initiate, coordinate and unite advocacy efforts that will deliver change in both global and national public policy on and investment in mental health, to protect human rights so that quality mental health systems are accessible by all.
We believe that there can be no health without mental health.. Integrating mental health into UHC is the key mechanism to ensure that everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to for their mental health needs. We, alongside partners in the global health community and beyond, work to ensure that mental health is fully integrated within UHC.
With an average of just 2% of government health budgets across the world being allocated to mental health and just 1% of international aid for health being spent on mental health, the situation requires immediate and decisive change. We work with partners to advocate for greater financing for mental health at national and global levels.
The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, MHPSS.net and United for Global Mental Health organise a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policy makers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it. The aim is to provide practical solutions to the problems we all face.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria must allocate funding and resources to strengthen the integration of mental health into its response to HIV, ensuring that everyone has access to equitable care. Read, sign and share our Open Letter to call on the Global Fund to integrate mental health into its upcoming 2023-2028 strategy.
Through these efforts we aim to help the voices of those most affected and those delivering mental health support to be heard, especially those from low- and middle-income countries.
Awareness of the gaps in funding, policy and political support for mental health around the world is growing. Much more needs to be done to fill these gaps.
You can find all our latest reports, briefings and resources in our online library.