Summary of the report
On World Mental Health Day, the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development launched a report aiming at reassessing the global mental health agenda in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim is to ‘leave no one behind’ and consist of 17 universal goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, among which are poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, justice, and mental health. References to mental health are included within SDG Goal number 3 seeking to ensure ‘healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’. In addition, as all SDGs interconnect, mental health is relevant through cross-links with other Goals such as the reduction of poverty, education, economic growth, etc.
Countries across the world, including the European Union (EU) and Member States have committed to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Lancet Commission acknowledges that despite significant research advances regarding prevention and promotion of mental health, translation into real-world impact has been slow, and that human rights violations and abuses persist in many countries, in addition to low levels of government investment and development assistance for mental health. The Lancet Commission grasps the opportunity presented by the SDGs to broaden the global mental health agenda ‘from a focus on reducing the treatment gap for people affected by mental disorders to the improvement of mental health for whole populations and reducing the contribution of mental disorders to the Global Burden of Disease’.