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World Mental Health Day October 10 Virtual Event

The 2020 WHO Mental Health Forum #12 took place online on October 8. It provided an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to get an overview of mental health aspects of COVID-19 and the challenges and opportunities it has brought to mental health, both globally and locally. COVID-19 has exposed the limitations of existing mental health systems and has made it clear that we cannot maintain the status quo. Our Chair represented DAI at this important forum.

The theme for the 2020 Mental Health Forum was the changing landscape of global mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This theme reflected the urgent need for action on mental health as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. At the forum, speakers discussed:

  • Global and¬†country-level actions by governments
  • civil¬†society and academia to respond to mental
  • neurological and substance use needs¬†during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocates and policymakers across the globe showed that mental health can never be in the shadows and should be in the center of any emergency and post-emergency, recovery response. During the forum this year, we will review the progress in positioning mental health in COVID-19 response agenda and beyond. We learned about ongoing and new initiatives and discuss ways to enhance action in countries.

They also discussed a wide range of COVID-19 Mental Health products and actions developed and implemented by WHO and partners to support affected people. Speakers also discussed how WHO and inter-agency tools are supporting the implementation of mental health interventions in different age groups and across different settings, and how we can do better together.

The current pandemic has made evident that reliance on outdated mental health systems is no longer an option. Promising initiatives by countries and agencies have shown that it is feasible to make a difference through innovation during the most challenging times.

Following the forum, this invitation was received to get involved on World Mental Health Day:

Message sent on behalf of Ms Dévora Kestel, Director, WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use

Dear WHO Mental Health Forum 2020 Participant,

 

On World Mental Health Day, WHO will be hosting, for the first time, an online global advocacy event on mental health. Join WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, national and international leaders and celebrity guests to talk about what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it. During the 3-hour event, video features will be interspersed with personal testimonies and performances from celebrities and advocates from around the world.

 

How to get involved

 

 

 

Join our social media campaign 

 

Join us #MoveForMentalHealth social media campaign on Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; and TikTok, in collaboration with United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health.

 

How to get involved

 

  • If you are on social media, share a video showing what you do for your own mental well-being, including the hashtag #MoveForMentalHealth. Take a look at our own video to give you some ideas:¬†https://twitter.com/DrTedros/status/1314109079523033089¬†! Ask your friends to take part too.
  • Look out for our posts on social media explaining why it is so important to invest in mental health. Share widely. And create your own!

 

Thank you for your support.

 

#MoveForMentalHealth: let’s invest

 

Dévora Kestel

Director

Mental Health and Substance Use Department

World Health Organization

WHO mhGAP Forum 2018

This year, the WHO Mental Health Gap Forum 2018 (mhGAP Forum) is taking place today and tomorrow. It provides an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to discuss progress on the WHO’s Mntal Health Plan 2013-2020. The theme for mhGAP Forum 2018 ¬†is “Accelerating Country Action on Mental Health”, reflecting the vision of the WHO’s 13th General Assembly.

This year, for the first time ever, you can watch the plenary presentations live stream. Access the provisional agenda, and the event webcast link at:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/forum_2018/en/

Our Chair, Kate Swaffer is attending and tomorrow will be giving a statement on improving post diagnostic support for people with dementia.

As dementia comes under the Mental Health ‘umbrella’ at the WHO, even though it is not a mental health condition, it’s important to represent DAI.

Kate also reblogged a very interesting post by Tina Minkowitz yesterday on her own website, titled: “Is ‘Mental Health’ contrary to human rights‚ÄĚ as it was World Mental Health Day. It’s a very interesting read!

For more information about the event, the WHO website says:

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme.

Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. While 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to these disorders, most of the people affected – 75% in many low-income countries – do not have access to the treatment they need.

The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income.

The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives‚Äď even where resources are scarce.¬†

This year’s mhGAP Forum will take place on 11-12 October and will provide an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to discuss progress on WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 in countries.

The theme for mhGAP Forum 2018 is ‚ÄúAccelerating Country Action on Mental Health,‚ÄĚ reflecting the vision of WHO‚Äôs 13th General Programme of Work.”