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.
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.