Social development for mental health: scaling up promising and best practice in development

The 2018 Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development makes the case for mental health to be integrated into all aspects of development as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This means including people with psychosocial disabilities in the work that development organisations are already doing, incorporating more targeted approaches to mental health where feasible, and measuring the impact of existing work on mental health outcomes.

In this video Adrian Sell, Chair of the Bond Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability Group, discusses what the evidence suggests so far for community-based mental health work, outlines what the BasicNeeds’ model for mental health in development is, and what elements could be incorporated into existing and new programmes.

This video was produced from a training module ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Disabilities in Development’, which was delivered to DFID staff in Spring 2019, as part of the K4D Learning Journey led by the Mental Health Innovation Network on“Leave No One Behind”: Delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda for Mental Health and Psychosocial Disabilities.

Other videos in this series include:

Related resource:

Mental Health for Sustainable Development: A Topic Guide for Development Professionals

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