The organization for Persons with Mental Health Lived Experience in Liberia, Cultivation for Users Hope (CFUH) held a high level roundtable with stakeholders in the Liberian media.

CFUH quotes the organization’s President Reverend Bill Jallah as saying that the media roundtable was the start of a sustained partnership between mental health service users and the media to promote messaging towards greater national attention and investment in Liberia’s mental health care.

The roundtable marked the launch of CFUH’s two year national level campaign aimed at impressing on national leaders and Liberia’s donor partners to increase investment and attention to the country’s mental health care system.

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Today, at the opening day of the World Health Assembly, Dr Tedros Adhano Ghebreyeus announced Cynthia Germanotta as a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador,.

Cynthia is the President and Co-Founder of the Born This Way Foundation with her daughter Lady Gaga. Born This Way is a convening partner of the Speak Your Mind civil society campaign for global mental health. Dr Tedros is the Director-General of the World Health Organization. The World Health Assembly is the annual meeting of health ministers from around the world, hosted by the WHO.

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Grassroots campaigners from around the world have joined together to launch ‘Speak Your Mind’ this weekend, a new global campaign to achieve mental health for all. The campaign brings together people with first-hand experience of mental health conditions, experts and organisations and is calling for leaders to end the neglect of mental health by increasing investment, empowerment and education.

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As the new nationally driven and globally united Speak Your Mind campaign launches on the eve of the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed argues that it is time to act to achieve mental health for all.

She lends her support to the growing grassroots movement and draws attention to the scarcity of funds, a need for greater leadership and the end to shocking human rights abuses in her video message asking leaders to make mental health a key part of Universal Health Coverage.

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