About Policy

A third of all countries in the world have no mental health policy or plan. In the African region, this proportion is nearly half. Moreover, nearly 40% of countries that do have policies have not revised them since 1990 (Lancet series on global mental health, 2007).

Policies are strengthened by laws that back them; but 31% of the world’s population live in a country with no mental health law. Even having a mental health act is not enough, since discrimination against people with mental disorders is sometimes codified in law.

To learn more about the status of mental health policies and legislation in low- and middle-income countries and guidelines for reform, browse these pages.

Fourth Global Mental Health Summit

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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