Time to Act on Global Mental Health

The Time to Act on Global Mental Health event took place at the United Nations General Assembly on the 26th of September and was the first ever UN event dedicated to mental health. Many distinguished guests were invited to speak at the event that was aimed at building momentum on mental health in the sustainable development goals agenda and era.

Watch the recorded live stream of the event below:

Details on the program and speakers:


  • Cynthia Germanotta, President and Co-Founder with Lady Gaga of Born This Way Foundation
  • Raghu Appasani, Founder and CEO of The MINDS Foundation
  • Emma McCann, Youth Engagement Facilitator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General*
  • Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium*

Segment One: Uniting the Movement

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Minister of Health for the Government of Canada
  • Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Maggie De Block, Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health for the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Maria Veronica Espinosa, Minister of Public Health of Ecuador
  • H.E. Dr. Waleed Khalifa Al Manea, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for the Kingdom of Bahrain 

Reflection: Elisha London, CEO of United for Global Mental Health

Segment Two: Leadership through Action

  • Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group
  • Sitawa Wafula, Advocate and Founder of Sitawa Wafula Mental Health Academy
  • Shekhar Saxena, Professor of Global Mental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Craig Mokhiber, Deputy Assistant Secretary-General of the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Vote of Thanks: Cynthia Germanotta, President and Co-Founder with Lady Gaga of Born This Way Foundation

* via video presentation

The event was organized by United for Global Mental Health and funded by the Government of Canada.

The Permanent Mission of Canada, the Kingdom of the Bahrain, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations are co-sponsors of the event, in partnership with WHO, Born This Way Foundation, NEXUS, Permanent Mission of Ecuador, Canadian Mental Health Association, Psychology Coalition of NGOs Accredited at the United Nations, The International Association of Applied Psychology, and United for Global Mental Health. United for Global Mental Health is a new organization dedicated to advancing action on mental health around the world through showcasing progress, supporting frameworks for action, and mobilizing resources for global mental health. It was launched during the 2018 UN General Assembly.

Video has been cross-posted from the UN Web TV. Original link here.
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