June 04th, 2021
In the global debate about how best to support the one billion people around the world who are living with a mental disorder, the role of philanthropy to go where governments cannot has come into sharper focus.
Governments in Australia - particularly Victoria - has garnered recent attention with budget announcements to provide support to the thousands of Australians who have felt the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elisha London, the Australian-born Founder of the for-purpose organisation United for Global Mental Health, is keen to laud her homeland’s performance on mental health: “As Professor Shekhar Saxena says, every country is a developing country when it comes to mental health, though do I think Australia is a shining light. The recent commitment from the government to acknowledge the system is broken is progress, and now needs to be followed up with action,’’ she says.