“In 2013, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic depression which pushed me to the edge. I could afford the treatment I needed and, with the right support, I recovered. The experience propelled me into discovering incredible initiatives around the world aimed at prevention, promotion and providing treatment and recovery solutions for those of us struggling with our mental health.
However, I also discovered that in many cases the services were sporadic, poorly funded and insufficient to meet the enormous global demand for mental health care. The global mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions, yet funding for mental health care is flat-lining. Not only is greater action needed, but the world needs to recognise the potential that gets unlocked when we invest in people’s mental health. For individuals. Businesses. Communities. Society as a whole.
In 2016, I was appointed Campaign Director for Heads Together, a mental health campaign spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. I started to realise the need for much greater action globally and worked to bring together campaigners, strategic partners, funders and mental health experts from around the world to launch United for Global Mental Health in September 2018.
We have made huge strides since we were established and are thrilled to have gathered hundreds of organisations and individuals to unite their efforts through the Blue Print Group and campaign groups from more than 15 countries calling on leaders for change on the world stage.
It’s an exciting time of change. Together, I hope we can create a healthier, more productive and kinder world”.
Elisha London, Founder and CEO, United for Global Mental Health