The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development

2018Patel et al.

The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development is a comprehensive synthesis of knowledge on global mental health, designed to catalyse worldwide action. It builds on the 2007 and 2011 The Lancet series on global mental health that helped make mental health care a greater priority worldwide. The ultimate goal of the Commission is to guide action to reduce the global burden of mental health problems. The Commission should give fresh impetus to the prioritisation of mental health, helping ensure physical and mental health are valued equally by the global health and development communities. The Commission has three unique guiding principles: - our approach to mental health covers the full spectrum of mental health from day-to-day wellness to long-term, disabling conditions. - mental health is the product of psychosocial, environmental, biological and genetic factors interacting with neurodevelopmental processes. - mental health should be respected as a fundamental right.

Key wordshuman rights / mental health / post-traumatic stress disorder / poverty / psychiatric illness / psychosocial intervention