The following text is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October 2011:
"Mental disorders occur in all cultures and at all stages of life. They are risk factors for, or consequences of, many other health problems, and are too often associated with poverty, marginalization and social disadvantage. They also appear more frequently in the midst of conflict and disasters.
Health systems around the world face enormous challenges in delivering mental health care and protecting the human rights of people with severe disorders. The resources available are insufficient, inequitably distributed and inefficiently used. As a result, a large majority of people with mental disorders receive no care at all.
Scaling-up services should be a priority. The World Health Organization's Mental Health Gap Action Programme, launched this month, identifies the strategies needed for scaling up mental health care using cost-effective interventions in resource-constrained settings. The Programme calls on all partners -- Governments, multilateral agencies, donors, public health organizations, mental health professionals and consumer groups -- to join together for advocacy and action to make this happen.
More broadly, we must do more to integrate mental health awareness into all aspects of health and social policy, health-system planning, and primary and secondary general health care. Mental health is of paramount important for personal well-being, family relationships and an individual’s ability to contribute to society. On this World Mental Health Day, let us recognize that there can be no health without mental health."
Nothing About Us, Without Us - Voices from the Global South
28th-29th November 2015
Movement For Global Mental Health is delighted to announce the fourth Global Mental Health Summit to be held at the TISS Campus in Mumbai, India on the 28th and 29th of November 2015. The focus of this year’s Global Health Summit, themed “Nothing About Us, Without Us”, will be driven mainly by persons living with mental health issues from different social, cultural and educational ecosystems. The aim is to bring to the forefront voices of individuals from marginalized backgrounds, those who are rarely represented in discussions related to the mental health agenda.
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