When we look at its extraordinary prevalence, its impact on people’s lives, and its effect on lost economic output, it is clear that mental health is fast becoming one of the defining global health challenges of the 21st century. We are encouraged that global interest and focus on mental health have been increasing, and believe the time is right for coordinated action by international leaders to raise this issue even higher up the agenda.

The Summit will be held on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2018 in central London and will bring together political leaders, innovators, experts-by-experience, policy makers and civil society to share the most effective and innovative approaches to mental health and psychosocial disabilities.

The Summit will host six workstreams  showcasing innovations from across the globe throughout the Summit and developing consensus statements to be delivered to political leaders. The workstreams are:

  1. Children, young people and the now generation
  2. Caring Societies: Creating the conditions for inclusion, prevention and wellbeing
  3. A just society: supporting societal shifts, tackling stigma and discrimination, creating inclusive societies
  4. Mental health services around the world
  5. Research and the future of mental health
  6. The economics of, and investment in, mental health

The Summit will also host the launch of the landmark Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, and secure the agreement of a political declaration to drive international action on mental health.

This Summit is the next step in a journey to a new level of co-operation so that we can improve mental health around the world. 

  • Arrival time

  • Opening Address

    Speaker TBC

    Launch of Time to Change Global Video

  • Spotlight One - From Zimbabwe to the World

    • Dixon Chibanda, Founder, Friendship Bench Initiative, Zimbabwe
  • Spotlight Two - Title TBC

    • Sitawa Wafula, Founder, Mental Health Academy, Kenya
  • Workstream Session Part 1

  • Lunch Break

    Side event: OECD panel on Children and Young People's Mental Health (12:40-13:25)

  • Spotlight Three - Title TBC

    Speaker TBC

  • Spotlight Four - Transforming Community Health: We Can Do This!

    • Arthur Evans, former Commissioner of the Department of Behavioural Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, American Psychological Association, United States
  • Workstream Session Part 2

    Side event: DfID roundtable on Mental Health & Psychosocial Support for children in conflict settings (14:30-16:00)

  • Coffee Break

  • Question Time

  • Closing Address

    Speaker TBC

  • Evening Reception

  • Delegates arrive

  • Opening remarks

  • The Lancet Commission Launch

    Moderator: Richard Horton

    Pannellists: Vikram Patel, Charlene Sunkel, Helen Herrman

    • Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard
  • Coffee Break

  • Reflections on the recommendations

    Moderator: Tim Kendall

  • Closing remarks

    Speaker TBC

  • Delegate Networking

  • Workstreams

    • Children, Young People and the Now Generation

      When discussing mental health or psycho-social disability we know that early intervention is key, we also know that experiences in childhood can have significant impact in later life. This workshop will consider childhood adversity and early intervention; it will look at how best to prevent mental health conditions in the first instance and support those with early symptoms to avoid those escalating. This workshop will also look at how much more we need to do for young people today, and ask whether technology is a source of help, or harm.

    • A Caring Society: A Focus on Prevention and Wellbeing

      Mental health is not a binary condition, and it is not confined to hospitals. In addition, premature mortality is still a reality for those with mental health conditions or psycho-social disabilities, so this workshop will consider what the core aspects of preventative work are at a population level and how to make societies which are supportive of good mental wellbeing, including in workplaces and schools.

    • A Just Society: Supporting Societal Shifts, Tackling Stigma and Discrimination, Creating Inclusive Societies

      Social stigma and discrimination persist in all countries and the impact of this can be both social and financial. This workshop will look at a broad range of new approaches to shifting cultural norms to empower those with mental health conditions or psycho-social disability and encourage healthier approaches to mental health through societal change.

    • Mental Health Services Around the World

      This workshop will consider evidence-based treatments for serious mental health conditions, innovations in mental health treatment, and the policies that could be put in place and how best to respond to humanitarian emergencies. 

    • Research and the Future of Mental Health

      The importance of research in taking mental health care to the next level cannot be overstated. Evidence-based innovation is crucial, if we are to tackle this defining challenge of the 21st century. This workshop will look at how best to support discovery in mental health research, but also how to ensure that research maintains a link with those with experts-by-experience.

    • The Economics of, and Investment in, Mental Health

      The WHO estimates that mental health conditions will soon account for 15% of the ‘global disease burden’. Mental health conditions are also the leading cause of lost economic output, with a projected cost to the global community of US$6 trillion by 2030. In this context, the workshop will consider global approaches to financing mental health services; empower communities, and other innovative approaches.


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This event is by invitation only. The deadline for registration is 28 September.


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