Support our petition to urge the UN to include mental health indicators in the UN Development Agenda2030
FundaMentalSDG is a global initiative aiming to strengthen mental health in the post-2015 development agenda.
We are committed to the belief that there can be no health without mental health, and that there can be no substantial development without including mental health into the UN Development Agenda2030.
The UN have included Mental Health in the Agenda2030, now we need strong indicators for mental health for the Agenda 2030.
Now the UN need to make the SDGs work with indicators!
Strengthen Mental Health with Indicators!
The UN have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mental health is included - A historic step for mental health!
Now the UN need to make it work. The SDGs will be measured by indicators. These will be adopted by the UN, but only later this year (in November or later) as they are still under negotiation. Only if there are strong indicators in the SDGs, mental health will really count in the development Agenda2030.
Now time is of the essence to push for powerful mental health indicators!
FundaMentalSDG proposes 2 indicators:
Indicator 23: Probability of dying between exact ages 30 and 70 from any of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or suicide
Indicator 28: Proportion of persons with a severe mental disorder (psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, or moderate-severe depression) who are using services
These indicators are fully aligned with the WHO Global Mental Health Action Plan.
You can Take Action:
FundaMentalSDG has drafted a position paper and supporting documents. Please send these documents to your national statistics department (if you have a direct contact to them, or to a general email address). In addition, you can also send these to UN STATs: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a simple email asking for inclusion of the indicators 23 & 28. Thank you.
Mental Health in the UN Development Agenda2030
The United Nations adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strengthen Mental Health
The United Nations have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Agenda2030 is an ambitous document, featuring 17 new sustainable development goals and 169 targets, that will define global development from 2015 to 2030. For the first time, the UN have included mental health!
In the new SDGs mental health is included in the 'declaration' part:
The final outcome document: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda is held from 25-27 September 2015 in New York.
UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on the SDGs (4 Dec 2014):
The UN Secretary General has released the UN SDGs Synthesis report: The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.
The Synthesis Report contains a clear statement of including mental illness in the SDGs.
This report will be basis for all negotiations of the future Post-2015 agenda. The UN member states will now negotiate the details of the SDGs.
Read the full report.
Watch the UN General Assembly (Informal meeting): Briefing by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his synthesis report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Kofi Annan said on 25 November 2014:
"First, as the world is thinking about a development framework to build on the Millennium Development Goals, we need to place mental health in general and depression in particular within the post-2015 agenda. (...)
There is no doubt that depression must become a global priority because it not only affects health and well-being but also diminishes labour productivity and economic growth. (...)
We now need to find the will and resources to use this knowledge to transform the lives of hundreds of millions of people."
Kofi Annan, at the Economist Group's Global Crisis of Depression Conference, London, 25 November 2014
Read the full speech here.
Report at the UK Parliament on 26.11.14:
On 26 November the major report 'Mental Health for Sustainable Development' was launched in the UK Parliament of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Global Health and Mental Health.
The report contains only 4 recommendations - one of which is the target for the Sustainable Development Goals, as proposed by FundaMentalSDG.
So we are clearly building momentum!
Breaking the Chains
The Indonesian government is committed to eradicating the practice of pasung, physically restraining people with a mental illness. The confronting new documentary "Breaking the Chains" explores pasung and the efforts of social activists to stop it.
Typhoon Haiyan leaves mentally ill caged and alone
This film by Simon Rawles and Vishva Samani, shows the situation of mentally ill people, shackled in cages by their families in the Philippines. The people were discovered by local organisations searching for vulnerable survivors in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.