Developing Countries: Mental Health

Department for International Development written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve mental health globally.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

DFID is committed to taking a comprehensive approach to mental health.

Through the Disability Rights Fund, we support organisations led by people with psychosocial disabilities to champion their rights. In Ghana, our Health Sector Support Programme has supported mental health systems strengthening and efforts to address underlying stigma and discrimination. And we are generating world-leading evidence around integrating effective mental health care services into primary care through PRIME - our Programme for Improving Mental Health Care.

DFID will set out its future approach on global mental health in our upcoming Disability Framework, following the UK-hosted Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit this October.

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