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Sign our Letter to the G7 Today to Make a Difference for Youth Mental Health

Join Us: #ChangeDirection

Want to make a difference in youth mental health? Sign on now to drive global collective action for youth mental health, as we petition G7 Leaders to make mental health a priority. 

Help us get the word out. Share this with your friends and encourage them to join us in solidarity to demand action now by world leaders. Show the extent of the passion around the world for youth mental health. We must shine a light on the widespread but often “invisible” social and economic costs of mental illness, uniting mental health efforts around the world to mobilize political leadership.

A Critical Turning Point for Mental Health: #TimeToAct

Mental illness continues to have devastating effects on society, and we stand at a critical turning point that demands national and global leadership. These conditions affect one-in-four people at some point, yet prejudice, stigma, and access barriers prevent most individuals from receiving adequate care. In G7 countries, treatment coverage for mental illness remains unacceptably low.

Most mental health conditions begin in adolescence and disproportionately affect women and girls, inflicting damage that can last for a lifetime. 75% of all mental illnesses manifest by age 24, and, for the first time in recorded history, the leading cause of death for girls ages 15-19 worldwide is suicide. Furthermore, the economic burden of mental illness is greater than cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases combined — and depression alone results in economic loss of $1 trillion per year globally.

Many individuals with mental illness suffer in silence and lose hope for healthy, productive, and engaged lives. This loss of human potential ripples across families, relationships, and societies — a tragic, but often invisible burden in every community in the world. Thus, a focus on enhancing youth mental health offers unprecedented opportunities for progress, in both society and the economy. In fact, one recent World Health Organization-led study showed a 4-to-1 return on investment in mental health promotion. Global leaders can seize this potential to save and improve lives, foster future inclusive growth, and transform how societies approach mental health.

Global and national leaders can — and must — take action to address these challenges and provide desperately needed support.

Mental Health at the G7: #Hope

Last year, in the lead up to the 2018 Summit, multiple G7 engagement meetings produced Communiques calling for action on mental health. This brings us great HOPE that people are acting, we are changing direction, and building a momentum of hope. As these meetings convened and built consensus among key stakeholders, such as the private sector, young adults, women, and development groups, and it is starting to work.

Following the G7 Summit, Leading mental health advocates around the globe have worked to advance the G7 effort, informing many of the groundbreaking platforms that have emerged over the past year. These include the historic meeting, convened by The World Bank and supported by Garen Staglin, Co-Founder, One Mind, that launched The Healthy Brains Financing Initiative to develop new financing mechanisms for brain research and service delivery. Last October was also host to the world’s first Ministerial Mental Health Summit where the Lancet Commission presented their latest report on the state of global mental health, mental health leaders aligned on the Global Declaration on Achieving Equality for Mental Health in the 21st Century, and a list of mental health policy recommendations for ministers around the world.  

The Power of Collaborative Advocacy: #YMentalHealth

We at the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health are getting ready for this year’s G7 by continuing last year’s efforts to make mental health a priority worldwide.

France is hosting the G7 Leaders’ Summit in 2019, focusing on five official themes around reducing inequality in:

  • Opportunity: promoting in particular gender equality, access to education and high-quality health services;
  • The Environment: protecting our planet through climate finance and a fair ecological transition, based on preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
  • The Global Economy: promoting more fair and equitable trade, tax and development policies;
  • Security: taking action for peace, against security threats and terrorism which weaken the foundations of our societies;
  • Technology: tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence in an ethical and human-oriented way.

We believe that mental health, particularly youth mental health, is inextricably linked with these goals. In correlation with the Coalition’s efforts in 2018, G7 leadership recognized mental health as a global issue that needs to be addressed. It’s time to hold G7 leadership to that commitment with the attached ‘Letter of Support.’ We are seeking to secure signatures from organizations and individuals worldwide.

How Can You Make a Difference?

Sign on now! Help us drive global action on mental health by signing the attached Letter of Support.

Spread the word. Share the letter with your friends. The best way to make a difference is to show the extent of the passion around the world for youth mental health. 

We must shine a light on the widespread, but often “invisible” social and economic costs of mental illness, uniting mental health efforts around the world to mobilize political leadership.

Share our hashtags: #TimeToAct #ChangeDirection #Hope #YMentalHealth

The Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health is an inclusive, multinational, youth-inspired initiative that aims to amplify the many voices on youth mental health. Worldwide, we are engaging with leading mental health organizations, young people experiencing mental illness, and the communities that support them to galvanize awareness, collaboration, and action.

Sign our Letter to the G7 Today to Make a Difference for Youth Mental Health


Kathryn Goetzke

iFredKathryn Goetzke is the founder of iFred, the International Foundation for Research & Education on Depression. Kathryn is also an entrepreneur, philanthropist, strategic consultant and global depression advocate. She is the entrepreneur and innovator behind Mood-lites™, a brand that achieved over 35 million dollars in retail sales and Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory. Please consider a donation to iFred today.


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Goetzke, K. (2019). Sign our Letter to the G7 Today to Make a Difference for Youth Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/sign-our-letter-to-the-g7-today-to-make-a-difference-for-youth-mental-health/
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