Coronavirus (1025) Mental health: time to invest in quality

10 October, 2020

Today 10 October is World Mental Health Day. The current issue of The Lancet carries a lead editorial on this subject:

CITATION: Mental health: time to invest in quality

Editorial| volume 396, issue 10257, p1045, october 10, 2020

The Lancet

Published: October 10, 2020



The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day, on Oct 10, is increased investment in mental health. Why invest, and why now? The answer is simple. At the best of times, good mental health is needed for a society to thrive. During a pandemic, good mental health is more important than ever. Without a focus on mental health, any response to COVID-19 will be deficient, reducing individual and societal resilience, and impeding social, economic, and cultural recovery...

Investment must be about more than just money if mental health services are to be made fit to address the challenges of the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 era and to become resilient against future public health crises. There must be an investment of thought, time, and a commitment to change.

COMMENT (NPW): I would like to invite HIFA members to share their experience on mental health services in your country. What changes have you seen during the pandemic in terms of demand and provision? What approaches have worked well, or not so well, in dealing with these challenges?

Best wishes, Neil

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