Challenges and priorities for global mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) era

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health), convened a policy workshop on mental health in low- and middle-income countries in London on the 28-29 June 2018.

Status: Completed

This two day workshop, co-chaired by Professor Vikram Patel FMedSci and Professor Crick Lund, facilitated discussions on improving the mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

A meeting report was produced and disseminated to UK and LMIC stakeholders. This report outlines the proposed next steps to improve the mental health systems in LMICs.

The report can be downloaded from the downloads tab on the right hand side of this page or by clicking on this image.


Mental and substance use disorders are one of the leading causes of global disease burden. To address this, the promotion of mental health is included as a health priority in United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

In LMICs, severely underfunded mental health services and shortage of workforce prevent the majority of people from receiving appropriate treatment for mental health problems. Additionally, the low capacity for mental health research hinders introduction of cost-effective and regionally tailored interventions.

Building on the Academy’s report from 2008 on global mental health, this workshop brought together experts from both the UK and LMICs to explore the existing barriers and challenges to strengthening mental health services in LMICs. On the basis of the discussed evidence, the workshop identified actions to strengthen mental health systems in LMICs and achieve mental health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Click here to find out more about our other GCRF workshops and read the workshop reports.

This workshop is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund that aims to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Visit our GCRF webpage to read more about the fund. 

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