Global mental health from a policy perspective

Research reports and studies
November 2014

Mental illness will likely affect one in four people within their lifetime, and yet it does not receive due policy attention or funding in developed and developing countries. This report characterises mental health as a policy issue and outlines why it is frequently overlooked by policy-makers and donors. It draws upon the experience of different social movements across global health to provide lessons for the mental health field.

The report presents an array of engagement strategies to inform how the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) can best help to improve policy influence across aspects of the global mental health community. If successful, it could attain the levels of policy traction, financing and public support that would correspond more closely to the actual devastating scale of the issue.