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Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs

UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivers his opening remarks to a round-table discussion on mental health in London on 2 May 2018.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivers his opening remarks to a round-table discussion on mental health in London on 2 May 2018. Photo: Susan Smart/ Wellcome Trust

“One in four people experience a mental health episode in their lifetime, but the issue remains largely neglected,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening remarks to a roundtable discussion on mental health, co-organized by his office,  the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Wellcome Trust, a charitable foundation that supports scientists and researchers.

“The UN is committed to working with partners to promote full mental health and wellbeing for all,” Mr. Guterres added.

The roundtable discussion, held Wednesday evening, included Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta Fore, and some 20 others from academia, government and civil society.

A main message coming out of the discussion was growing support for the notion that there can be “no health without mental health” and there is a need to look beyond the health sector, for creative solutions to tackle the root causes of deteriorating mental health.

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