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Transforming mental health for all

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 30 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1593
  1. Tom L Osborn, executive director1,
  2. Christine M Wasanga, senior lecturer2,
  3. David M Ndetei, professor of psychiatry3
  1. 1Shamiri Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. 3Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
  1. Correspondence to: T L Osborn osborn{at}

Healthcare services must be affordable, personalised, and integrated

The World Health Organization’s latest world mental health report aims to inspire and inform the transformative action necessary to improve mental health for everyone everywhere.1

Since WHO’s inaugural 2001 report our understanding of the epidemiology and experience of poor mental health has improved because of increased research and better data.123 We have a clearer understanding of the consequences of mental health problems for the lives of affected people around the world3 and for our shared global economy.4 The development of mental health interventions has also become an urgent public health priority.5 We are having more open and honest conversations about mental health, and many countries have put in place policies and are building the infrastructure to make mental healthcare more accessible.1

Yet the effects of mental health problems continue to be devastating for individuals, communities, and economies around the world.126 Some 129 million years of full health are …

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