For far too long, mental health disorders have been largely overlooked by health and other social development systems. Factors including lack of political interest or political instability, overburdened health services and poverty all impact on the level and quality of support and services available for those needing them.

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At United for Global Mental Health we advocate for strategies and interventions for treatment, prevention and promotion that are based on scientific evidence and/or best practice, taking cultural considerations into account and taking account of health and social needs at all stages of the life course, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age.


Mental health systems must move away from institutionalisation towards mental health services being provided through strong primary and community health systems and be part of national basic packages of essential services. The most effective way to achieve mental health systems that are rights-based, high quality, accessible and affordable to all is to integrate mental health in universal health coverage (UHC). 


Our work includes

Universal Health Coverage

We believe that there can be no health without mental health. 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 are working to ensure that mental health is fully integrated within UHC by seeking to influence both global and national policies and to leverage discussions on the reform of health services as a result of the impact of COVID-19. Find out more here.

Child, youth and caregiver

Globally, 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders. For vulnerable populations this can be much higher. Childhood and adolescence are crucial developmental stages, and the time when many mental health conditions start to be exhibited. Half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14, and three-quarters by mid-20s. 

We work with a range of partners, including the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Fondation Botnar, Orygen, WHO and UNICEF, to convene the world’s experts and exchange research and evidence on this issue. We want to encourage governments, global institutions and service providers to integrate mental health into their approach to child, youth and caregiver health

Countdown Global Mental Health 2030

Countdown Global Mental Health 2030 is the first independent monitoring and accountability mechanism that uses a broad and integrated set of indicators to monitor progress for mental health.

Developed by United for Global Mental Health in partnership with the WHOUNICEFGlobalMentalHealth@HarvardGlobal Mental Health Peer Network and The Lancet, this free and interactive dashboard lets users search mental health data by country using a range of indicators, combined with an annual monitoring report on what the latest data shows.