A number of leaders in the fields of health and development have voiced support for the work of MGMH.


Read what the following people have said about us:


  • Amartya Sen | Nobel Laureat in Economics

On the occasion of the launch of the Movement for Global Mental Health in 2007, Amartya Sen made the following endorsement:

”Mental disorder is a hugely neglected problem in the developing countries. It is wonderful that The Lancet has collaborated with a remarkable group of scholars and practitioners to work out what steps need to be taken to remedy the neglect. The results of their work and the attention they are generating are already having a significant impact. I am sure this continuing work will succeed in making a big difference to the lives of some of the most deprived people in the world.”


  • Margaret Chan | Former Director-General, WHO

Following the launch of the first Lancet series on global mental health in September 2007, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, said the following:

“The WHO worked closely with The Lancet to generate evidence and formulate a call for action to increase coverage of mental health services in low- and middle-income countries. The data [...] generated broad media coverage. This is an important step towards correcting a bleak situation: mental health services are being starved of both human and financial resources.”


  • Thoraya Ahmed Obaid | Executive Director of UNFPA

On World Mental Health Day 2007, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid made the following endorsement of the goals of the Movement for Global Mental Health.

Today on World Mental Health Day, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joins others in calling for “making mental health a global priority”. Today, we call for greater integration of mental health and psychosocial support into humanitarian responses and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. And mental health must be a key component in efforts to achieve MDGs 4 and 5, to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, respectively.

During pregnancy and after delivery, many women experience depression. But they lack the services they need to cope and care for themselves and their children. Perinatal depression is associated with increased risk of obstetric complications and premature birth. And depressed women are less likely to seek and receive antenatal or postnatal care.

The mental health of mothers also has an impact on a child’s health and survival. When a mother’s mental health is poor, lower infant birth weights and higher rates of malnutrition, infection and illness are more likely to occur.

Mental health and psychosocial support services are also vital for survivors of gender-based and sexual violence. Studies show that nearly one in three survivors of gender-based violence develops post-traumatic stress disorder.

To tackle these issues, UNFPA and the World Health Organization are working together to integrate mental health aspects into existing maternal and child health policies and programmes. And we are working with partners in the humanitarian community to expand access to mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

Today, we call on all governments and partners to include measures for mental health in efforts to achieve human development and respond to humanitarian crises. Mental health is central to human dignity."


Other endorsements:

  • Mario Maj | President of the World Psychiatric Association

  • Ban Ki-moon | Secretary General of the United Nations


Please contact us if wish to submit a statement of support.





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