We want people with mental health problems to be able to access the support they need to recover
We want people with mental health problems to be empowered to speak out and to live free from stigma and discrimination
Globally, mental health problems affect one in ten people at any given time1, putting mental health problems amongst the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. It is both a cause and consequence of many of the other issues people experience across the world, leading to vicious cycles of discrimination, disadvantage and inequity. In developing countries, up to 85% of people don’t receive adequate treatment for their mental health problems and even in high income countries this figure can be as high as 50%2. This can be because services are inaccessible, poor quality or too expensive. Often services are underfunded with insufficient numbers of trained mental health workers available to meet need.
Mental health has been a priority for Comic Relief’s funding in the UK over the last ten years, and we want to continue to build on this. There is overwhelming need globally, and by taking a targeted approach our investment can build learning, on what works and make a significant contribution to change.
Focusing on early intervention is crucial and we seek to fund new and innovative models to increase access to effective support, including digital projects. We recognise the need to invest in low cost and community-based approaches such as peer support and know that alternative approaches such as sport and art can be effective.
Through partnerships, we are interested in contributing to change in the following areas: