Our update from April
Co-developed at a global planning meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2019, Speak Your Mind is the first-ever global mental health advocacy campaign. Speak Your Mind focuses on building partnerships at national and global levels in order to raise the voices of people with lived experience to mobilise the public and influence policy change and increased financing for mental health service delivery.
Speak Your Mind, or SYM, is powered by United for Global Mental Health. United for Global Mental Health convenes Speak Your Mind partners and advises them on national and global advocacy strategies. UnitedGMH also facilitates cross-country knowledge-sharing, provides capacity building workshops through a Comic Relief grant, makes connections to global partners, facilitates participation in a range of global consultations on mental health research, projects and events to share SYM partner insights and promote the various member organisations.
Last month, all Speak Your Mind national and global partners came together virtually for our annual planning meeting. In that meeting, we reflected on the challenges, successes, and experiences of 2020 and focused on establishing priorities for 2021. Two key themes emerged from that meeting:
The importance of linking action on mental health to the impact of COVID-19 and the growth in demand for mental health support over the past year and beyond
The importance of focusing our work on improving the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities