Multi-Sectoral, Multi-Organizational Partnership Could Help Advance Global Mental Health Efforts

The Lancet Psychiatry: A partnership for transforming mental health globally
Daniel V. Vigo, assistant professor for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and colleagues

“The large and increasing burden of mental and substance use disorders, its association with social disadvantage and decreased economic output, and the substantial treatment gaps across country-income levels, are propelling mental health into the global spotlight. Drawing on the organizational and financial architecture of two successful global health scale-up efforts (the fight against HIV/AIDS and the improvement of maternal and child health) and the organizational models that have emerged to finance these and other global health initiatives, we propose a multi-sectoral and multi-organizational Partnership for Global Mental Health to serve two main functions. First is the mobilization of funds … Second is stewardship … Such a partnership would necessarily involve stakeholders from the mental health field, civil society, donors, development agencies, and country-level stakeholders, organized into hubs responsible for financing, scale-up, and accountability. … We believe that the time is right for this approach to harness and catalyze the growing momentum towards applying the large body of scientific evidence to achieve a global scale-up of effective mental health interventions…” (1/28).