Mental health and UHC
“No Health without Mental Health”: the Urgent Need for Mental Health Integration in Universal Health Coverage
A report published by Prof Shekhar Saxena and United for Global Mental Health (Dec 2020) that fully lays out the latest evidence on how critical it is to integrate mental health into UHC, and how the world can do this. 2020.
A Devex op-ed, written by Prof Shekhar Saxena and Elisha London, that explores the close connections between mental health, human rights, and UHC. 2020.
“Putting mental health firmly into UHC efforts is critical to the success of UHC, and will reap benefits far beyond the health sector”
A UHC2030 op-ed, written by Dr Githinji Gitahi and Dr Maxim Polyakov, that argues that mental health integration into health systems is critical to ensure the full success of UHC implementation; and outlines the potential benefits of doing this at scale. 2020.
This policy briefing, Mental Health as a Matter of Rights, lays out some of the key evidence around this, and makes five recommendations on utilising UHC as a strong and system-wide response to tackling systemic violations of the rights of people with mental health conditions.
Child and caregiver mental health
This report documents evidence that points to the compelling need to strengthen existing research, programming and advocacy work in parental, carer and child mental health and it provides examples of past and current interventions to improve parental, carer and child mental health. 2019.
The report specifically looks at the influence conflict and emergency settings make to the wider challenges facing parents and carers, children and their mental health. 2019.
Produced in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, this brief examines child and caregiver mental health through the framework of Countdown 2030 - incorporating social determinants, factors affecting mental health service demand and need, and factors affecting the strength of mental health systems
Mental Health and COVID-19
This paper provides a summary of the (emerging) body of evidence on two topics: the impact of Covid-19 on peoples’ mental health and wellbeing; and, conversely, the projected impact of mental health on the efficacy of Covid-19 prevention, treatment and control measures. 2020.
This briefing provides an overview of some of the key issues regarding mental health and COVID-19. 2020.
Global Mental Health
The Global Mental Health Advocacy Roadmap 2020-2021 sets out clear objectives and opportunities that will help achieve significant increase in political and financial support for mental health in 2020 and 2021 to accelerate action to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and achieve the right of everyone to good physical and mental health.
The Global Mental Health Advocacy Roadmap for 2022-2023 sets out how we can collaborate to make change happen. The product of discussions and inputs from multiple stakeholders around the world, it identifies a series of objectives that will be central to accelerating progress on mental health.
Our Suicide Decriminalisation report examines the civil laws which criminalise suicide in 20 countries around the world, as well as their the implications and the efforts to reform them.
Mental Health, HIV and TB
With the development of the Fund’s new 5-year strategy, we now have a unique opportunity to ensure mental health becomes an integral part of its approach, work and grants. Our suggested text fits into the recently released strategic framework from the Fund on how health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) can be fully integrated into the new strategy.
With this new research we can now confirm a longstanding suspicion - that integrating basic mental health and psychosocial services into HIV and TB programmes will not only help millions of vulnerable people, but will end these co-epidemics at a faster rate, and in a cost-effective way.
Integration of psychosocial support into the national approach to HIV and TB: ‘Better mental health to end HIV and TB.’
This overview of the complex bidirectional co-morbidity of mental health, HIV and TB makes the case for greater integration of mental health in Global Fund HIV and TB investments. 2020.
UnitedGMH’s response the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria 2023-2028 Strategy Consultation. 2020.
This document aims to provide the Global Fund with suggested text for their post-2022 strategy, with example text for each section of the document showing how mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) can be fully integrated into the strategy, and therefore into the Global Fund’s work, grants, and approach.
This briefing outlines what should be included in the upcoming Political Declaration for HIV about mental health, and how MHPSS can be included in the declaration.
Mental Health Finance
The Return on the Individual report turns the traditional approach to return on investment on its head and, for the first time, makes the wider social and business case for investing in mental health; and for putting people at the heart of investment.
Produced in partnership between UnitedGMH, Natasha Muller Impact and Arabella Advisors, this report examines the barriers of increasing philanthropic investment, both for philanthropists and the sector itself, and the opportunities for overcoming them.
The briefing, shared with Finance Ministers at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings 2020, makes the case to Finance Ministers for investing in mental health. 2020.
The Return on the Individual report turns the traditional approach to return on investment on its head and, for the first time, makes the wider social and business case for investing in mental health; and for putting people at the heart of investment. It shows that when we invest in mental health, it creates a ripple effect of returns; right across our families, communities, businesses, economies and societies. 2020.
A publication by Lion’s Head Global Partners on global mental health financing. 2018.
A review of UN pooled funds that are relevant to mental health.
A resource for mental health civil society organisations on funding.
An overview of financing mental health in humanitarian settings.
A review of UN Agencies and their mental health response.
An overview on the funding landscape on the mental health of parents and caregivers and the evidence of the impact of parents' mental health on early childhood development. 2020.
A review of emerging and potential donors in global mental health, including non-DAC donors.
The latest analysis of COVID-19 related mental health funding. 2020.
This document highlights private philanthropic donors to global mental health.
This brief examines two key financing mechanisms within the World Bank Group and the immediate opportunities they present to significantly increase and improve financing for mental health across the world.
Our Donor Profiles page offers further information on the variety of actors involved in financing global mental health.