Sustainable development and mental health - leaving nobody behind

Category: Speakers

Proposed Symposium Title: Sustainable development and mental health - leaving nobody behind

Learning Objectives: To understand the nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) To understand their relevance for mental health

Abstract: In 2015 the United Nations have included mental health in the new SDGs and stressed mental health as a topic for global development. Mental health has strong and relevant cross-cutting influences across many of the new SDGs. In the SDGs, three targets directly refer to mental health: reduction of premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through mental health (3.4); prevention and treatment of substance abuse (3.5); and universal health coverage (3.8). These targets are in line with WHO work on universal health coverage. This talk will describe the UN SDGs relevant directly and indirectly to mental health and discuss the relevance and potential utility of SDGs to achievieng better global mental health.

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