Advocacy

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Advocacy

Advocacy

We want to see a world where everyone, everywhere, has someone to turn to in support of 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.

To do this we initiate, coordinate and unite collaborative advocacy efforts that will deliver change in both global and national public policy on mental health, and to increase domestic and international finance - and the effectiveness of it’s spending - and protect human rights so that quality mental health systems are accessible by all and everyone has someone to turn to. 

We work to improve the quality of, and access to, mental health services, especially in low and middle-income countries, and help the voices of those most affected and those delivering mental health support to be heard at a national and global levels.

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 address these gaps. 

Our Global Advocacy Work

We provide advocacy, campaigning and financing support to global institutions, businesses, communities and individual changemakers seeking greater action on global mental health.

Integrating Mental Health in Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

We believe that there can be no health without mental health. At the same time, mental health provision lags far behind the need - this was true before COVID-19, and is especially the case now. 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, will build on recent global successes (such as the 2019 Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on UHC) to ensure that mental health is fully integrated within UHC.

Integrating Mental Health in the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

We are calling on the largest global health fund to fully integrate psychosocial support into all of their HIV and TB programmes. In order to reach the SDG targets, national leaders and The Global Fund should allocate funding and resources to strengthen the integration of mental health into the global response to HIV and TB. Without addressing mental health, there will be no end to HIV or to TB.