8 April, 2016
Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority
Background of project
“I want to express my profound gratitude to EAMH and their Ebola response. This programme has deeply transformed mental health in Sierra Leone.” – Hon. Foday Sawi. Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation. Government of Sierra Leone
Further contributions to meetings
In addition, CBM Mental Health Advisor, Julian Eaton will be presenting on how best to address the problems that people with sensory impairments have with mental health issues. For a number of reasons, rates of mental illness are higher in this group, and Julian will be representing CBM and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to discuss how we can reduce this problem and ensure that appropriate services are accessible to people with hearing and visual impairments.
In addition to the main mental health events at the World Bank/WHO meeting, there are a range of other side meetings during this busy week for global mental health. It is expected that the week will culminate in some major announcements related to how the global development community can more effectively prioritise mental health. This is happening at a key time, with mental health and well-being having been recently highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals that will guide the global development agenda until 2030. While mental health was much more prominent in the SDGs than in the MDGs that preceded them, there is now need for tangible investment and implementation of the evidence based interventions that we know can transform peoples’ lives, especially in the poorest countries of the world which are currently most neglected.