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Funders key role in global mental health advocacy

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.

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