by Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
October 2020, Mental Health Europe high-level seminar
2020 will be a year that we remember as one that shook the world and brought many countries to their knees. An unimaginable number of lives and livelihoods have been lost to COVID-19. Families and communities have been forced apart, businesses bankrupted and people deprived of opportunities that a year ago were taken for granted.
However, we have a way forward to create important change. As WHO Regional Director for Europe, I am prioritizing efforts on mental health in three main ways:
- Addressing the stigma and misinformation that exacerbate suffering
- Bringing mental health care to the community
- Reforming policy and increasing investment.
To understand where we need to go, we must first understand where we have been
… and that means examining the toll the pandemic has taken on the mental health and