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:
- 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.
- 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.
All United Nations agencies should ensure that they include mental health in their COVID-19 responses.
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:
12. Bosnia and Herzegovina
19. Costa Rica
22. Czech Republic
27. El Salvador
59. New Zealand
61. North Macedonia
70. Republic of Moldova
73. San Marino
74. Saudi Arabia
79. Sri Lanka
80. St. Kitts & Nevis
87. Trinidad and Tobago
90. United Arab Emirates
91. United Kingdom
95. European Union