No health without mental health: The urgent need for mental health integration in Universal Health Coverage, 10 December

3 December, 2020

Forwarded from the UHC2030 CSEM Group, and a comment from me below.

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Global leaders have committed to achieve UHC by 2030, but the world is currently off track to meet this target. The reality today is that half of the world’s population do not have access to the services they need; and the majority of those who need mental health care do not have access to good quality, rights-based mental health support.

On Thursday 10th December, Human Rights Day, and just a few days before World UHC Day, we will be launching a new Universal Health Coverage report that fully lays out the latest evidence on how critical it is to integrate mental health into the UHC agenda, and how the world can do this. Authored by United for Global Mental Health and Prof Shekhar Saxena (Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at Harvard University, and former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the WHO), and reviewed by a team of experts including Dr Githinji Gitahi, Dr Lola Kola and a number of Speak Your Mind partner organisations, the report outlines the significance of mental health within the UHC agenda and how decision makers can ensure its full integration into UHC programmes.

The launch will be marked by a special webinar on Thursday 10 December, 9-9:45am EST | 2-2:45pm UK | 5-5:45pm East Africa.

Our panel of experts includes Prof Shekhar Saxena, former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the WHO, Dr Safi Malik, the Director General (Health) at the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations & Coordination, Pakistan, Dr Florence Temu, Country Director, Amref Health Africa Tanzania, and Charlene Sunkel, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Mental Health Peer Network, with Dr Niall Boyce chairing the event.

Thursday, 10 December 2020 | 9am ET, 2pm UTC

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Comment (NPW): HIFA stands ready to promote communication, understanding and advocacy around healthcare information and mental health. Perhaps more than any other area of health care, mental health is disrupted by lack of availability and use of healthcare information, as well as myths, rumours and misconceptions.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,