As one of Australia’s largest mental health services, Neami National has added its voice to the global campaign for greater investment in community mental health services.
The #FundamentalSDG Campaign is calling on the United Nations to include a mental health specific target in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals for the first time.
The Campaign is ‘committed to the principle that there can be no health without mental health, and no sustainable development without including mental health into the post-2015 SDG agenda.’
Neami strongly supports the Campaign’s two key targets:
- Ensure that service coverage for people with severe mental disorders in each country will have increased to at least 20% by 2020 (including a community oriented package of interventions for people with psychosis; bipolar affective disorders; or moderate-severe depression.)
- Increase the amount invested in mental health (as a % of the total health budget) by 100% by 2020 in each low and middle income country.
Acting CEO, Jenny Hall, said that Neami supports over 4,000 individuals each year in their recovery and that each of these people are living proof of the value of recovery-oriented support.
‘Community support empowers people to take control of their own health and live a life based on their own values, strengths and goals. This is a formula for social inclusion, lasting wellbeing and healthy communities.
‘Access to these services is a universal right and it is essential that all hospitals, doctors and medical services provide access to appropriate and timely community mental health support for their patients.’
She went on to say ‘Neami National works to improve mental health and wellbeing in local communities around Australia, but we also support the goal of getting mental health onto the agenda around the world.
‘The #FundamentalSDG Campaign is represented by leading experts from countries as diverse as Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Togo, Nigeria, Australia, Nepal, South Africa, India, Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany. This shows that the need for strong, flexible and timely community support services for mental health and wellbeing is universal.’
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A full list of supporters can be found at: www.fundamentalsdg.org/supporters.html
More information about the campaign can be found at: www.fundamentalsdg.org or by contacting Daniel Scoullar, Communications Manager, (03) 8679 9062 / 0402 596 297