Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit Premieres In London
By Sofy Robertson
The world’s first global ministerial mental health summit is taking place in London today.
Held over the course of two days, October 9th and 10th, the summit will aim to help countries work together to increase the evidence for different treatments and ensure health care systems around the world value mental health as equal to physical health.
Political leaders, innovators, experts-by-experience and policy makers will attend from over thirty countries to share the most effective and innovative approaches to mental health and psycho-social disabilities.
In the lead-up to the summit, the Department of Health and Social Care began a social media campaign using the hashtag #TheWorldNeeds to encourage people to give their views on what needs to change in the way mental health is treated and perceived.
The six areas of focus for the summit are:
- Children, young people and the now generation
- Caring Societies: Creating the conditions for inclusion, prevention and wellbeing
- A just society: supporting societal shifts, tackling stigma and discrimination, creating inclusive societies
- Mental health services around the world
- Research and the future of mental health
- The economics of, and investment in, mental health
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the UK would be host to this ground-breaking summit earlier in the year. He commented:
“When you look at the extraordinary prevalence and impact on people’s lives, it is clear that mental illness is fast becoming one of the defining global health challenges of the 21st century. Until recently, this hasn’t had the profile it deserves on a global stage.” (ITV)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the event yesterday and even added a few brush strokes to artist Dairo Vargas’s painting which was created during the event. Through their Heads Together campaign, William and Kate have actively been involved in mental health initiatives.
To find out more about the summit and the speakers in attendance, visit the website.