The Countdown will run from 2019 to 2030 and deliver crucial, up to date mental health data within the Sustainable Development Goals framework, set out at Goalkeepers. It is designed to inform government and philanthropic investment decisions and create accountability for mental health commitments that are made globally. This system will be open-access, available for use by policymakers and researchers around the world. Because understanding the scale of the problem will help us find and invest in the solutions.
Mental health is the product of far more than just our biology, so the Countdown will also track non-health factors that impact mental health, such as demographic and environmental factors. As well as monitoring non-health outcomes for people with mental health conditions, tracking their social and economic wellbeing, looking at areas such as financial protection.