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Lord Blunkett highlights the importance of mental health

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

Lord Blunkett highlights the importance of mental health

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has highlighted the need to improve mental health support for people in the world’s poorest communities. Speaking at a reception at the House of Lords on 1st November which he hosted on behalf of CBM and BasicNeeds, Lord Blunkett pointed out the scale of this global challenge and how more needs to be done to ensure that no one is left behind.

“If we know that mental health is a massive issue here in the UK, imagine the scale of the problem in developing countries…”

The reception brought together parliamentarians, BasicNeeds & CBM supporters and international development sector leaders to raise awareness of the exclusion faced by people with disabilities, especially those living with psychosocial disabilities caused by mental health conditions.

80% of people with mental health problems live in low-and middle-income countries.  In low-income countries, people are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment, migration, and poor health and education systems, all of which increase vulnerability to mental illness. Depression alone is a leading cause of disability worldwide, often causing immense suffering and preventing people from earning a living or participating in their community.

Adrian highlighting BasicNeeds' work at the House of Lords eventBasicNeeds Chief Executive Adrian Sell spoke about how mental health conditions such depression and anxiety are on the rise in the UK especially among children and those in the workplace. An environment that should be nurturing and supportive is currently at risk of disabling and harming people’s well-being. He also emphasized on the global mental health treatment gap: in low- and middle-income countries, between 76%-85% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment, compared to 35-50% in high-income countries.

Adrian explained how BasicNeeds and CBM’s work over several years has helped people living with mental health conditions to access the treatment and support that they need. The recent merger between CBM UK and BasicNeeds presents a big opportunity to reach out to many more people in need of help. By combining the innovation and entrepreneurial approach of BasicNeeds with the global reach and infrastructure of CBM we have the potential to take mental health to scale and will unleash the potential of millions of people around the world.

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