Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
July 10-11, 2014
Commission on the Status of Women Fifty-Seventh Session
March 4-15, 2013
Joint Statement to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control: Mental Health and the Scope of Non-Communicable Diseases
September 19-20, 2011
Commission on the Status of Women Fifty-Fifth Session
February 22 - March 4, 2011
Declaration “Advance Global Health: Achieve the MDGs”
August 30 - September 1, 2010
Side event for 2015 World Mental Health Day in Geneva
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Oral intervention for High Level Meeting on Universal Healthcare Coverage #UHC 29 April 2019
In 2013, the World Health Organization launched a comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan that recognized a long-neglected problem. It called for an end to discrimination, stigma and lack of services for mental health. A landmark achievement it highlighted prevention, a life long approach, and integrated universal health coverage.
The NGO Committee on Mental Health, a global coalition of academia, private and civil society in consultative status with the UN, supports inclusive health care coverage that incorporates mental health care coverage. There can be no health without mental health, especially for vulnerable people who struggle daily (to function).
High levels of global conflict, violence and migration are producing traumatized populations. Chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease as well as the invisible disabilities of anxiety, depression and stress disorders have been linked to exposure to violence. Children exposed to adverse psychosocial experiences are known to have enduring, emotional, immune and metabolic abnormalities.
The benefit of culturally sensitive, trauma informed, ethical treatment can serve to enhance social justice, sustainable employment and equitable economic growth. SDG targets 3.4 and 3.5 address mental health and substance abuse. Therefore, primary care, integrated with mental health expertise, will ensure that universal healthcare will truly leave no one behind.