United for Global Mental Health is bringing the world of mental health advocacy and action under one roof. This through greater resources committed by global institutions, governments, businesses, communities and individuals to improve global mental health. Also by building kinder, stronger communities that better care for one another while ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to care and support.
Why it matters
In 2013, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic depression which pushed me to the edge. I could afford the treatment I needed and, with the right support, I recovered. The experience propelled me into discovering incredible initiatives around the world aimed at prevention, promotion and providing treatment and recovery solutions for those of us struggling with our mental health.
However, I also discovered that in many cases the services were sporadic, poorly funded and insufficient to meet the enormous global demand for mental health care. The global mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions, yet funding for mental health care is flat-lining. Much greater action is needed.
In 2016, I was appointed Campaign Director for Heads Together, a mental health campaign spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. I started to realise the need for much greater action globally and worked to bring together campaigners, strategic partners, funders and mental health experts from around the world to launch United for Global Mental Health in September 2018. Together, I hope we can create a healthier, more productive and kinder world. - Elisha London, Founder and CEO, United for Global Mental Health