World Mental Health 2022
The 2022 World Mental Health Day theme ‘Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority’ was chosen by a global vote that included WFMH members, stakeholders and supporters, and I am very grateful to all of you who participated in this process.
In 2021 the UN Secretary-General said that, without determined action, the impact of COVID 19 on mental health may last far longer than the pandemic itself. He urged us to act to redress the glaring inequalities exposed by the pandemic, including the inequality in access to mental health services.
People with lived experience of mental illness, their families and other disadvantaged populations continue to tell us that their mental health well- being is not always in the mind of governments, as well as those who pay for services and society at large.
In high income countries over 75% of people with depression have reported that they do not receive adequate care and in low and middle-income countries over 75% of people with mental health conditions have received no treatment at all.