GMH-Action Plan: Update from the WHO-Executive Board meetings, 22 January 2013

22 January 2013

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Dear GMH colleagues,

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I was at the WHO Executive Board meetings today and want to report that there was tremendous support for the GMH Action Plan 2013-2020, discussed this morning for about 90 minutes. There were no major objections but rather sincere appreciation for the efforts of the WHO Secretariat ,WHO-MH, civil society, NGOs, and member c=states for the ongoing cooperative efforts to get GMH to this point.  The next step will be to "tweak" a few items (targets and criteria for example) although nothing major regarding the vision, goal, objectives, cross-cutting themes, etc.  The Action Plan will then go the the World Health Assembly in May 2013 for discussion/debate and hopefully approval.

In addition to the 25 countries that made supportive statements and some recommendations, the WFMH rounded off the comments with a helpful statement from the floor (about the Great Push, the survey done that harmonizes well with the Action Plan, the relevance for mental health in a special UN GA assembly and for the next version of the MDGs (sustainable development goals 2015).  

The zero draft of the Action Plan gives the overall Vision and Goal:

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**Vision: A world in which mental health is valued, mental disorders are effectively prevented, and in which persons affected by these disorders are able to access evidence-based health and social care and exercise the full range of human rights to attain the highest possible level of health and functioning free from stigma and discrimination.

**Goal: To promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, and reduce the mortality and disability for persons with mental disorders.

For more information on the Action Plan:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/consultation_global_mh_action_plan_2013_

Also see these two updates: 

New Action Plan Could be a Turning Point in GMH (GlobalPost,  28 Janaury 2013)

 

Highlights by WHO of the comments from the Executive Board meeting (January 2013)

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Warm greetings,

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Kelly

Dr. Kelly O'Donnell

MHPS Working Group, NGO Forum for Health

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Global Mental Health

**A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (article: July 2011)

**Finding Your Niches and Networks (article: March 2012)

**A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain (article: July 2012)

**GMH-Map: A Global Map for a Global Movement (website

 

Publication source: 
GMH-Map website
Publication date: 
22 January 2013