6 Signs from Davos 2020 that Change on Mental Health is Coming
1.It’s time to invest - the voices of the global mental health movement were heard
After world leaders agreed that it was #TimeToAct on mental health at Davos in 2019, this year leaders at Davos heard loud and clear that now is the time to invest in mental health. This united message from across the global mental health community was heard in private discussions and events ranging from a Time and Kaiser Permanente discussion on youth mental health to interviews with Bollywood start and passionate campaigner Deepika Padukone.
2. The call for investment was made by young people who are experts by experience
75% of all mental health problems emerge before the age of 24 and much of the global mental health movement is driven by young people, using their voice to call for action. Their voice was represented in a film shown to world leaders and featuring young people across the world, who have taken part in the Speak Your Mind voice petition.
3. The movement for mental health is uniting
Mental health was on the agenda like never before at Davos this year, reinforcing that the global mental health community and movement driving it is, more than ever, aligning, working together and organising to make collective progress.
4. The hope of clearer research to unite and maximise global impact
A crucial part of investing in mental health, is investing in research. The Wellcome Trust moved this discussion further through the announcement of an open commission from individuals or organisations to review the evidence and provide insight analysis for a core component of what works to address anxiety and/or depression in young people (11-14) worldwide. This is vital work in ensuring this increased investment is truly being spent where it will have the most impact in the lives of individuals, especially young people.
5. Profiling practical solutions ready to scale
While increasing and consolidating research remains a high priority, it’s also essential to begin scaling up models that work. Communities across the world are already creating change, such as Orygen, with their release of a global framework for youth mental health care .
6. Business is starting to understand its role
Businesses have an important part to play in tackling the global mental health crisis and there’s a growing recognition of this. Without a huge, urgent increase in financial and political investment we will continue to lose so much potential of people of all ages, but particularly the younger generation. To make sure leaders invest in mental health, it is vital that we continue to work together globally and build the momentum towards what we’re all trying to achieve, a world where everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to in support of their mental health.