United for Global Mental Health helps initiate and coordinate advocacy efforts to raise funding and political will for global mental health care. We aim to improve service provision, particularly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), and help voices to be heard at a national and international level.
Awareness is growing of the gaps in funding, policy and political support for mental health around the world, but far more needs to be done.
According to the latest World Health Organization Mental Health Atlas:
Less than half of all member states have reported the development or updating of their mental health policies in line with international human rights commitments.
Only 63% of all member states have at least
two functioning, national mental health promotion
and prevention programmes.
Blue Print Group for Global Mental Health
Together with Wellcome and other strategic partners we have created the Blue Print Group for Global Mental Health, a joint advocacy and communications working group that meets regularly via telephone and quarterly in person, and produces a monthly newsletter.
The group is comprised of over 80 representatives of governments, international organisations, NGOs, academia and the private sector. The group was formed to encourage greater global collaboration on mental health advocacy and communications and to enable anyone with a professional interest in mental health and/or in health policy to have a means to link up with others who share this interest.
Since July 2018, the group has successfully developed jointly agreed advocacy and communications messaging to strengthen support for existing, and proposed, global frameworks, policies and processes (e.g. the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage). Members of the group have jointly organised the main mental health side events at the UNGA and Davos, helped support the successful delivery of the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London in 2018, and worked together to advocate for greater action on mental health at other health-related events and in the global media.
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Supported by the Wellcome Trust, we are developing a global advocacy blueprint, bringing mental health advocates together
to influence policymakers. You can read briefings by Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) on the Sustainable Development Goals and Mental Health; the Lancet Commission on Mental Health; and Human Rights and Mental Health.
The Government of Canada
With the Government of Canada and the Born This Way Foundation, we organised
a high profile event at the 2018 UN General Assembly
to raise awareness and generate political support for mental health and well being globally.