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Urge United Nations to Approve Measurable Indicators for Global Mental Health Development
September 27th, 2015: History was made when the United Nations included Mental Health in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. 25 organizations and counting joined together to make this happen. Today we give thanks and celebrate the power of unity, but our work has only just begun.
As part of the Global Mental Health Movement, Advisory Board Member of FundaMentalSDG, and founder of the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, I ask you today to join me in requesting the United Nations pass the indicators needed to measure global progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals for Mental Health.
Now more than ever we need your support and your voice to bring these goals to reality. For effective change, it is crucial to set powerful measurable mental health indicators in place to help us, the people, hold countries and their governments accountable to their commitments. Only when progress is measurable can we ensure targets for mental health will be achieved.
Why Should Mental Health be a Policy Priority?
1 in 4 people in the world experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In most countries of the world, people with mental health problems are not treated, because of stigma, access to care, and lack of mental health systems. Instead, people are often subject to inappropriate treatment and human rights violations. They are often left behind in fear and isolation, and cannot fully participate in society and to the growth of their nation.
As an individual who has personally suffered from the devastating consequences of untreated depression and who experienced the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide; I have walked in these steps, lived this pain, but FORTUNATELY was able to receive access to mental healthcare. It saved my life. Treatment enabled me to live a life of wellness, pursue and obtain my personal goals for success and now be a strong advocate for change. Last year, I had the privilege of sharing my story and speaking to the United Nations as a representative of Fundamental SDG, my non-profit organization iFred, and as a voice for the 600 million with mental disabilities. Having access to mental healthcare made this possible.
Changing these structures is neither difficult nor expensive. But countries need an incentive for change. In the coming weeks, the United Nations will be negotiating the indicators to measure the Sustainable Development Goals. The time to act is now.
Fundamental SDG is a global initiative to strengthen mental health in global development. We propose two indicators to ensure that the Agenda 2030 targets on mental health are achieved. The indicators are fully aligned with the WHO Global Mental Health Action Plan 2015-2030.
Join us and help make this happen. Sign our petition and write your UN representatives asking for inclusion. Ask other mental health, disability, health, human rights, and women’s rights groups to get on board to make this a reality. Your voice and your signature will keep us moving forward.
Share this message with friends. Write your government statisticians. Stand in Unity again for Mental Health. Let's make history together AGAIN.
To further support:
*FundamentalSDG has drafted a position paper and supporting documents located at http://www.fundamentalsdg.org/ with instructions. Please send these documents to your national statistics department. In addition, send these to UN STATs: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a simple email asking for inclusion of the indicators 23 & 28.
“Until a cause becomes a (social) movement, authentic, even transformational change, will not occur. The 60s gave us the Civil Rights Movement, the 90s the Aids Movement. Let’s make Mental Health the 21st Century Movement.” –Congressman Patrick Kennedy
About iFred: The mission of International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) is to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. Its goal is to ensure 100% of the 350 million people affected by depression seek and receive treatment.
iFred is creating a shift in society’s negative perception of depression through positive imagery and branding—establishing the sunflower and color yellow as the international symbols of hope for depression. To further its mission, iFred engages with individuals and organizations to execute high-impact and effective campaigns that educate the public about support and treatment for depression.
About FundaMentalSDG: #FundaMentalSDG is an initiative aiming to strengthen mental health in the post-2015 agenda and Sustainbable Development Goals (SDG). We are committed to the principle that there can be no health without mental health, and no sustainable development without including mental health into the post-2015 SDG agenda.
Join our strong list of supporters: http://www.fundamentalsdg.org/supporters.html
About Global Mental Health Movement: Comprises a network of individuals and organizations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide,especially in low- and middle-income countries where effective services are often scarce. Two principles are fundamental to the Movement: scientific evidence and human rights.
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Please include indicators 23 & 28 in the Sustainable Development Goals. We must address the 450 million around the world needing our support. Mental health is a priority and necessity for global development, and progress must be measured.
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