Out of the Shadows: Making mental health a global development priority
Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world. Depression alone affects 350 million people globally and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite its enormous social burden, mental disorders continue to be driven into the shadows by stigma, prejudice and fear. The issue is becoming ever more urgent in light of the forced migration and sustained conflict we are seeing in many countries of the world.
A two-day series of events, co-hosted by the World Bank and the World Health Organization during the World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, aimed to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. The events to engage finance ministers, multilateral and bilateral organizations, the business community, technology innovators, and civil society emphasized the urgent investments needed in mental health services, and the expected returns in terms of health, social and economic benefits.
Return on Investment in Systems of Care
The landscape for the organization and financing of behavioral health services for children and adolescents is rapidly shifting in the United States as a result of state and local budgetary pressures, large-scale Medicaid redesign initiatives in states, and opportunities and challenges posed by national health reform. [...] An estimated 20% of children in the United States have a diagnosable mental health condition, and mental health disorders are the most expensive conditions in childhood. Children and youth who receive mental health and substance use services in Medicaid, while less than 10% of the overall Medicaid child population, account for an estimated 38% of all Medicaid child expenditures. Therefore, states have both quality and cost incentives to implement effective approaches for this population.
NIMH Strategic Plan for Research
The National Institute of Mental Health has published a new 5 year Strategic Plan as an update on its 2008 Strategic Plan. In this new Strategic Plan for Research, with the goals of helping individuals living with mental illnesses and promoting both prevention and cure, NIMH has revised the original four, high-level strategic objectives as follows:
- Define the mechanisms of complex behaviors.
- Chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where and how to intervene.
- Strive for prevention and cures.
- Strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research.
MQ analysis reveals historic underfunding of UK mental health research
A new funding analysis published by MQ, reveals a picture of historic under-investment in UK mental health research. This includes ‘virtually non-existent’ charitable funding, which has contributed to overall levels that fail to meet the scale or impact of mental illness.
The findings are outlined in a new report UK Mental Health Research Funding: MQ Landscape Analysis. This sets out the most comprehensive overview of UK mental health research funding ever produced, combining a major new six-year funding analysis with the most current existing data.
Mental Health Indicators for Canada
In order to paint a more complete picture of the mental health landscape in Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada presents 55 indicators reflecting mental health for children and youth, adults and seniors. The indicators look at mental health in different settings and report on aspects of services and supports used by people living with mental health problems and illnesses.
ROAMER present final roadmap for mental health research
The ROAMER consortium has published its important final recommendations on European mental health research – the end report assigned the number one “high level priority” to “research into mental disorder prevention, mental health promotion and interventions in children, adolescents and young adults.”
Global Mental Health from a Policy Perspective
How can mental health get the policy traction it needs in developing countries? A new report from the Overseas Development Institute for the Mental Health Innovation Network explores key obstacles and looks at strategies for better engagement with decision-makers.
WHO Mental Health Atlas
WHO’s Mental Health Atlas series has already established itself as the single most comprehensive and most widely used source of global information on mental health situation. This new edition of Mental Health Atlas, carried out in 2014, assumes new importance as a repository of mental health information in WHO Member States because it is providing much of the baseline data against which progress towards the objectives and targets of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 is to be measured.
Making Mental Health Count – The Social and Economic Costs of Neglecting Mental Health Care
Despite the vast burden that mental ill-health imposes on people and on economies, many countries continue to neglect mental health care, and the unmet need for treatment remains high. Making mental health a policy priority would enhance people’s lives, and have significant social and economic benefits. This report assesses the costs of mental ill-health, and provides recommendations on how governments can improve care for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013 – 2020
The 66th session of the World Health Assembly has adopted the WHO’s comprehensive mental health action plan 2013 – 2020. The action plan is the outcome of extensive global and regional consultations. The four major objectives of the action plan are to:
- Strengthen effective leadership and governance for mental health.
- Provide comprehensive, integrated and responsive mental health and social care services in community-based settings.
- Implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health.
- Strengthen information systems, evidence and research for mental health.