A new report was published on 17th of June, is the WHO largest review of world mental health since the turn of the century. This detailed work confirms alarming figures, i.e: before Covid-19, nearly one billion people were living with a mental disorder, in the first year of the pandemic, rates of depression and anxiety rose by 25%, and investment has not matched. Only 2% of national budgets and less than 1% of all international health aid is spent on mental health. “All these figures are very, very low,” said Mark Van Ommeren of the WHO’s Mental Health Unit.

The World Health Organization is urging decision-makers to step up their commitment and action to change attitudes, measures and approaches to mental health. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, recalled that “Investment in mental health is an investment in a better life and future for all” and called on all stakeholders to work together.

Working together by setting up international research and scientific cooperation programmes in mental health is exactly the focus selected and developed by Fondation FondaMental Suisse.

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