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World Mental Health Day 2020; let’s invest! 

COVID-19 has a great impact on our lives, which is why World Mental Health Day is focussing on the consequences of the pandemic. Concerns about the effects of the pandemic are so great that for the first time large international organizations (World Health Organisation, World Federation for Mental Health, United for Global Mental Health) are joining forces and calling for more investment in mental health.  

50% of people with mental health problems in high income countries and 85% in low-and middle income countries do not have access to mental healthcare and this percentage is expected to increase as a result of the pandemic. “World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental well-being, and this is just the beginning. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now, the health, social and economic consequences will be far-reaching.” 

Join this global movement and learn how we can all face the consequences of the pandemic through increased and more targeted investment in mental health. Here is an overview of activities presented by the Global Mental Health Action Network and these are some of our suggestions:

About the Dutch International Mental Health Hub

(Waardenetwerk Internationaal Verbinden) 

The Dutch International Mental Health Hub is for anyone interested in international developments in mental health. The Hub arose from the need to connect existing international initiatives to make them accessible. Although there is a desire to look beyond national borders and to initiate international cooperation, it is hard for many people to see where to start. We change this as we act as a Hub or central point where we bring initiatives, information and contacts from international partners and key stakeholders together to connect them with our members. In this way we form a living and learning international community of practice. International cooperation inspires, brings essential knowledge, stimulates innovation and puts mental health on the agenda. Do you have questions, or would you like to highlight your initiative, report or webinar? Mail to

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