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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, held on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2018 in central London, brought 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 hosted six workstreams to showcase innovations from across the globe and work to develop consensus statements to be delivered to political leaders. The workstreams were:

  1. Children, Young People and the Now Generation
  2. Caring Societies: creating the conditions for inclusion, prevention and wellbeing
  3. The Economics of, and Investment in, Mental Health Finance
  4. A Just Society: supporting societal shifts, tackling stigma and discrimination, creating inclusive societies
  5. Mental Health Services around the World
  6. Research and the Future of Mental Health

The Summit also hosted the launch of the landmark Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, the seminal synthesis of knowledge of how to promote mental wellbeing, prevent mental health problems and enable recovery. It outlines a blueprint for action on mental health to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Commission marks a milestone – that of global knowledge of mental health crossing the threshold necessary to accelerate worldwide action on this issue.

Visit the Commission website: www.globalmentalhealthcommission.org

Read the Report: www.thelancet.com/commissions/global-mental-health

The Summit has been the next step in a journey to a new level of co-operation so that we can improve mental health around the world, working to secure the agreement of a political declaration to drive international action on mental health.

Downloadable Content

Global Declaration on Achieving Equality for Mental Health
Declaration on Achieving Equality for Mental Health in the 21st Century
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Recommendations to Ministers
Achieving Equality for Mental Health in the 21st Century
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On Demand Video

Highlights Film
Day 1. 10am Opening
Day 1. 2pm Matt Haig interview
Day 1. 4.30pm Question Time
Day 2. 10.30 am Lancet report
Day2. 12.20pm Closing remarks

Agenda

  • Arrival time

  • Opening Remarks

  • Spotlight One - From Philadelphia to the World

    • Arthur Evans, former Commissioner of the Department of Behavioural Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, American Psychological Association, United States
  • Workstream Session Part 1

  • Lunch Break

  • OECD Panel: Children and Young People in the Digital Age

  • Spotlight Two - In Conversation with Matt Haig

    • Matt Haig, Author
    • Sue Baker, Director, Time to Change
  • Workstream Session Part 2

    Same rooms as for Part 1

  • Coffee Break

  • Question Time

    Q&A session on the themes of the Summit

  • Closing Address

    • Richard Curtis CBE, Vice Chair, Comic Relief
    • Francesca Colombo, Head of Health Division, OECD
  • Embark to Reception (London Eye Pier)

  • Evening Reception

  • Arrival Time

  • Opening Remarks

    Launch of Time to Change Global film, It's time to talk (about mental health)

    • Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
    • Mark Pearson, Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    • Dr Svetlana Akselrod, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO
  • The Lancet Commission Launch

    Moderator: Richard Horton

    • Vikram Patel, Co-Chair, Lancet Commission: The Pershing Square, Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
    • Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Canada
    • Helen Herrman, President, World Psychiatric Association and WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne
    • Charlene Sunkel, Program Manager: Advocacy and Development, SA Federation for Mental Health
    • Grace Gatera, Representative, Young Leaders for the Lancet Commission
  • Coffee Break

  • Ministerial Reflections on the Recommendations

  • Closing Remarks

  • Networking Lunch

  • Workstreams

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Caring Societies: creating the conditions for inclusion, prevention and wellbeing

      This workshop will showcase actions that have made a difference to a population’s mental health in two important and linked ways. Firstly, through creating the conditions that enable people living with, and recovering from, mental ill health to thrive. Secondly, by promoting good mental health and preventing mental ill health and suicide by taking action at a population level to address risk and protective factors and the social determinants of mental ill health.

    • 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. 

Speakers

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Arthur Evans

former Commissioner of the Department of Behavioural Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, American Psychological Association, United States

Arthur Evans is a Scientist-practitioner, clinical and commu...
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Matt Haig

Author

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of ...
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Alastair Campbell

Broadcaster and Author

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist b...
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Richard Curtis CBE

Vice Chair, Comic Relief

Richard Curtis is a film writer and director, responsible fo...
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Rt Hon Matt Hancock

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Health...
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Mark Pearson

Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson is Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and S...
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Dr Svetlana Akselrod

Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO

Dr Svetlana Akselrod from the Russian Federation is Assistan...
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Richard Horton

Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.  He qu...
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Vikram Patel

Co-Chair, Lancet Commission: The Pershing Square, Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Heal...
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Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Minister of Health, Canada

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor was elected in Octobe...
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Helen Herrman

President, World Psychiatric Association and WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne

Helen Herrman is President of the World Psychiatric Associat...
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Charlene Sunkel

Program Manager: Advocacy and Development, SA Federation for Mental Health

Charlene Sunkel is a leading South African voice for the rig...
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Grace Gatera

Representative, Young Leaders for the Lancet Commission

Grace hails from Kigali, Rwanda. She believes that mental he...
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Tim Kendall

National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England

Chair of the Summit Expert Advisory Panel and the compère at...
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