2018 Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit

Global Declaration on Achieving Equality for Mental Health in the 21st Century

10 October 2018


The Declaration marks the commencement of a series of annual Global Ministerial Summits on Mental Health, founded by the UK and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Declaration aligns with the following policies: 


1 World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020


2 UN Human Rights Council Resolution on the right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health


3 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


4 UN Sustainable Development Goals


5 WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases


6 and upholds other resolutions and commitments relating to mental health. 

The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development

A decade on from the 2007 Lancet Series on global mental health, which sought to transform the way policy makers thought about global health, a Lancet Commission aims to seize the opportunity offered by the Sustainable Development Goals to consider future directions for global mental health. The Commission proposes that the global mental agenda should be expanded from a focus on reducing the treatment gap to improving the mental health of whole populations and reducing the global burden of mental disorders by addressing gaps in prevention and quality of care. The Commission outlines a blueprint for action to promote mental wellbeing, prevent mental health problems, and enable recovery from mental disorders.

Children & Young People’s Mental Health in the Digital Age - Shaping the Future



On the first day of the inaugural Global Mental Health Summit held in London on 9-10 October the OECD hosted the ‘Children, young people and the now generation’ workshop, This recognised the significant consequences of mental ill health and psycho-social disability can have children and young people – impacting upon their development, contributing to poorer educational outcomes, higher rates of unemployment, and poorer physical health.


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