International Community Must Prioritize Mental Health Care Reform

CNN: We are at the beginning of a global mental health revolution
Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States and advocate for mental health care through the Carter Center, and Bill Jallah, president of Cultivation for Users’ Hope

“Access to mental health services has never been more critical — no matter where you live. … Internationally, mental disorders — ranging from something more common like depression to a more complex illness like schizophrenia — affect hundreds of millions of people. … The stigma surrounding these illnesses creates needless suffering and negatively impacts quality of life. … We need to end the silence and put pressure on governments and the private sector to prioritize mental health care reform. And the reform process needs to be guided by informed decision-making that includes the voices and stories of people with lived experience. … We are at the beginning of a mental health revolution in the United States, in Liberia, and globally. As we seek to normalize these disorders and recognize the truth about how many people are affected by them, we need a chorus of authentic, united voices of people who understand these conditions to push for urgent action, funding, legislation, and beneficial policies. Speaking up about this subject can be difficult. But the time has come for people who have lived with mental health disorders to make sure their voices are heard” (5/30).

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