More than 75% of people with mental health conditions in low- and middle-income countries receive no support at all. Mental health is a form of poverty and a disability, and increased attention to consolidated action for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is needed. Early action is especially crucial for children and youth and should be a priority, and civil society has an essential role by reaching vulnerable groups, raising awareness and building capacity. It is estimated that between 2010-2030 mental illness will cost the global economy more than cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases together. Which are the most vulnerable groups and why? How can we reach them? What is the added value of civil society? How can early action be best structured?
- Peter Brune, Secretray General War Child
- Gunilla Backman PhD, Senior Health Advisor Sida
- Eva Smallegange PhD, global psychosocial support specialist War Child
- Rozy Kassab, Asylum seeker from Syria, studying in Södertälje
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