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Global Mental Health Summit - Skills, rights, care
Rome, 13 - 14 ottobre 2022

Complesso Monumentale Santo Spirito in Sassia - Borgo S. Spirito, 3 - Rome (Italy)

Following the previous events in London, Amsterdam and Paris, the Global Mental Health Summit (GMHS) in Rome builds upon Italy’s internationally recognised leadership in community mental health and deinstitutionalisation.

The GMHS is shared with the World Health Organization and aims to pursue the ambitious roadmap, launched in London in 2018, by increasing mental health awareness, and commitment among policymakers and society.

Mental health is an essential component of crisis response and economic recovery efforts, therefore the implementation of national policies promoting inclusive rights-based and effective mental health systems is even more necessary.

The GMHS’ main objective is:

  • to strengthen global action from Governments, international organisations and civil society to address the key issues related to mental health care, which has been upended under the pressure of the recent health and humanitarian crises, and overcoming the structural weaknesses that prevent millions of people from receiving adequate care for their mental health needs.

The main topics are:

  • the central role of a community-focused approach to mental health
  • the involvement of people with lived experience and their families in the process of care and recovery.

They have been envisioned based on an overarching framework emphasising the human rights and dignity of people affected by mental health conditions.

Mental health should be regarded as an essential component in preparedness and response to emergencies such as those we are currently facing. In this context, prevention and intervention efforts should focus on addressing the needs of those mostly affected by crises. There is a critical need for adequately funded, properly staffed, and well-organised mental health services. The barriers to overcome include, among others, lack of funding and investment in mental health care and research, scarcity of skilled human resources, societal stigma and discrimination.

The GHMS will also highlight different capacity building strategies, such as the identification and sharing of good practices, including the new opportunities provided by digital mental health and other alternative initiatives developed during the recent pandemic. These strategies are instrumental to develop and strengthen the skills, abilities, processes, and resources that mental health services and communities need to effectively address the mental health needs of all people throughout their entire life.

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Data evento: 13 ottobre 2022, fine evento: 14 ottobre 2022