Addressing mental health is more urgent than ever. As new health, economic, sociopolitical and environmental crises emerge, the burden of poor mental health grows and threatens our ability to recover, thrive and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The impact of COVID-19 urges us to create a future where mental health and wellbeing is a human right, services are accessible, and cross-sectoral action underlies prevention and response efforts. This session stimulates discussion on a paradigm shift to a unified approach to mental health promotion and preparedness. The panel will introduce innovations in shaping person-centered health systems and integrated workforces, driving evidence-based public policy, and leveraging financing tools for better resource prioritization and allocation. The ecosystem platform enables us to leverage the unprecedented support for mental health in a global call to action encouraging country leaders to prioritize and invest in mental health.
• Jimmie Briggs, Principal, Racial Justice, Skoll Foundation
• Mark van Ommeren, PhD, Head, Mental Health Unit (MHE), Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, WHO
• Sarah Kline, Founder and CEO, United for Global Mental Health
• Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, President, Well Being Trust
• S. Benedict Dossen, Country Program Lead - Liberia, The Carter Center
• Kari Cobham, Journalist and Sr. Associate Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism & Media, The Carter Center