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95 UN Member States Commit To Action On Mental Health

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95 UN Member States Commit To Action On Mental Health

95 UN Member States Commit To Action On Mental Health

 

At United for Global Mental Health we have been working hard to ensure that mental health is at the forefront of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic: calling on world and national leaders, as well as global funders, to invest now for the longer term by integrating mental health into COVID-19 response and recovery plans in order to ‘Build Back Better’. 

 

Therefore, we were delighted to see that the UN Friends of Mental Health Group has recently published a statement calling on the United Nations, Member States and all actors concerned to address the mental health dimension of this pandemic. This has been signed by 95 governments, all agreeing that it is “crucial that we all act together”.

 

They have agreed to strongly support the appeal by the United Nations SecretaryGeneral, António Guterres, for countries to put mental health front and centre of their responses to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Importantly the statement highlights a number of key elements:

  1. The negative impact of the pandemic on mental health is exacerbated by a historic under-investment in mental health promotion, prevention and care before COVID-19. 

  2. Mental ill health can affect anyone; the pandemic is most notably impacting the mental health of: children, young people, women, people in humanitarian and conflict settings, older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions, first responders and front-line health-care workers. 

  3. All United Nations agencies should ensure that they include mental health in their COVID-19 responses.

  4. All 95 Member States commit to come together urgently to address the mental health dimension of this pandemic.

 

The countries that signed this statement are: 

1. Algeria 

2. Andorra 

3. Angola 

4. Armenia 

5. Austria 

6. Bahamas 

7. Bahrain 

8. Bangladesh 

9. Barbados 

10. Belgium 

11. Bhutan 

12. Bosnia and Herzegovina 

13. Brazil 

14. Bulgaria 

15. Canada 

16. Chile 

17. China 

18. Colombia 

19. Costa Rica 

20. Croatia 

21. Cyprus 

22. Czech Republic

23. Denmark 

24. Djibouti 

25. Ecuador 

26. Egypt 

27. El Salvador 

28. Estonia 

29. Fiji 

30. Finland 

31. France 

32. Gambia 

33. Germany 

34. Greece 

35. Guatemala 

36. Honduras 

37. Hungary 

38. Iraq 

39. Ireland 

40. Italy 

41. Jamaica 

42. Japan 

43. Jordan 

44. Kazakhstan 

45. Latvia 

46. Liechtenstein 

47. Lithuania 

48. Luxembourg 

49. Madagascar 

50. Malaysia 

51. Maldives 

52. Malta 

53. Mexico 

54. Monaco 

55. Mongolia 

56. Morocco 

57. Namibia 

58. Netherlands 

59. New Zealand

60. Nigeria 

61. North Macedonia 

62. Norway 

63. Palau 

64. Panama 

65. Paraguay 

66. Peru 

67. Philippines 

68. Poland 

69. Portugal 

70. Republic of Moldova 

71. Romania 

72. Rwanda 

73. San Marino 

74. Saudi Arabia 

75. Singapore 

76. Slovakia 

77. Slovenia 

78. Spain 

79. Sri Lanka 

80. St. Kitts & Nevis 

81. Sudan 

82. Sweden 

83. Switzerland 

84. Thailand 

85. Togo 

86. Tonga 

87. Trinidad and Tobago 

88. Turkmenistan 

89. Ukraine 

90. United Arab Emirates 

91. United Kingdom 

92. Uzbekistan 

93. Venezuela 

94. Zambia 

95. European Union