Last February Unity in Health was invited to join other iNGOS on a two-days meeting organised by the All-Parties Parliamentary Group on Global Health (APPG) and the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) to discuss the role of iNGOS in improving global mental health.

The first meeting held on the 22nd of February took place at the UK parliament and was chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp KC and the Right Honourable Norman Lamb MP. Major iNGOS working in the field of mental health such Basic Needs, War Child Netherlands and International Medical Corps presented some of their work and encouraged others to join the cause for improving mental health and well-being in the world’s most vulnerable regions.

The second event took place on the 23rd of February at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); participants debated the role which iNGOs can have in tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in expanding access to services for people experiencing mental health problems. As an organisation focusing on improving mental health care in South Asia, UiH’s team looks forward to further debates on this call for action on global mental health.

Global Mental Health and the role of iNGOs

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