About the Commission

The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development is a comprehensive synthesis of knowledge on global mental health, designed to catalyse worldwide action. It builds on the 2007 and 2011 The Lancet series on global mental health that helped make mental health care a greater priority worldwide.


However, it remains a grim reality that the vast majority of people affected by mental health problems globally still do not receive adequate care. The burden of these problems in terms of their direct health consequences, is very large and increasing: but their impacts on social and economic well-being, on family functioning, and on diverse sectors of society is colossal and almost incalculable.


The situation is worsened as violations of basic human rights still continue to be perpetrated across the world – most disturbingly, the infliction of torture and incarceration of people with mental health problems existing globally, making them among the most neglected within our societies. Put simply, mental health is not simply a clinical or health system concern; this is truly a global development issue, for when it comes to mental health, all countries are still developing.

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THE REPORT

OUR VISION

The ultimate goal of the Commission is to guide action to reduce the global burden of mental health problems. The Commission should give fresh impetus to the prioritisation of mental health, helping ensure physical and mental health are valued equally by the global health and development communities.
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THE REPORT

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an exponential advance from the Millennium Development Goals, with a substantially broader agenda affecting all nations and requiring co-ordinated global actions. The specific references to mental health and substance use as targets within the health Goal reflects this transformative vision. In 2007, a series of papers in The Lancet synthesised decades of inter-disciplinary research and practice in diverse contexts and called the global community to action to ‘scale up services for people affected by mental disorders (including substance use disorders, self-harm and dementia), in particular in low and middle-income countries where the attainment of human rights to care and dignity were most seriously compromised. Ten years on, this Commission reassesses the global mental health agenda in the context of the SDGs.

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COMMENTS

Analyses of the Commission from The Lancet and Lancet Psychiatry Editors; Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for England; Prabha S Chandra and Prabhat Chand from the Department of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India; and Sarah Carr at the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham.

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Resources

Animations
Social Media Graphics
Overview Film
Policy Briefs
PRESS RELEASE
Video Blogs

Youth Campaign
MY MIND OUR HUMANITY

Celebrating our shared humanity
Building hope for a healthier future
Embracing mental health as a fundamental part of being human
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