URGENT – WE NEED YOUR HELP

 
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WE NEED TO MAKE
SURE THAT MENTAL, NEUROPSYCHIATRIC AND SUBSTANCE USE (MNS)
DISORDERS ARE NOT LEFT OUT OF THE RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL BE
DEVELOPED AT THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON
NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCDs) THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN
SEPTEMBER, 2011.

There is a strong possibility
that MNS disorders will be excluded from the global NCD agenda.
While MNS disorders are non-communicable diseases, the focus of
the current agenda on NCDs is on diabetes, cancer,
cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases. MNS disorders
have a higher global burden of disease than cancer or
cardiovascular diseases, and need to be included in as a
specific priority. Also, given the bi-directional relationship
between mental illnesses and the other NCDs, the NCD agenda
cannot be adequately addressed without addressing mental
illnesses specifically and explicitly.

There are several international
governmental meetings that will occur to prepare for the UN
meeting in September.
The next such meeting is a meeting of
health ministers in Moscow April 28-29, 2011. WFMH intends to
present its position in Moscow as input to this meeting. (This
position was developed with several global mental health
organizations.)

We need your help. Here are
some ways that you can make a difference:

  1. Contact your health
    minister and other key health leaders to advocate for the
    explicit inclusion of mental illness as a NCD priority.
    Attached is a letter to health ministers that you might want
    to use to make the case for such inclusion.
  2. Organize, or work with
    other organizations in your country, interested in ensuring
    that mental illnesses and disorders are included in the NCD
    agenda.
  3. Contact media
    representatives in your country to help publicize and make
    the case for the inclusion of mental illnesses in the NCD
    agenda.
  4. To Sign on (Click Here)
    to express support for such inclusion, both as an
    individual, and as an organization.
  5. Also, if you would like to
    do so, contribute to the cause by making a donation to this
    effort. (Click here To support the WFMH Initiative on
    Non-Communicable Diseases)

We have provided the following
resources to help you help us.


WFMH Letter to Health Ministers

WFMH Statement to the WHO Executive Committee


Draft WHO Moscow Declaration

Please keep us apprised of your
activities. We will keep this site updated as to developments in
this area.

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