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.
CFUH says, for too long, mental health care has been at the back of the national dialogue and that it is time that mental health takes centre stage in Liberia’s overall development plan.
CFUH says Liberia’s pro-poor agenda for peace and development will not be fully achieved if Liberians do not pay attention to their mental health and if policy makers and donors do not make mental health a top priority.
CFUH calls on Liberian lawmakers as they begin to debate the 2019/2020 national budget to increase budgetary support to mental health in line with the requirements of the 2018 Lancet report which calls on countries to allocate a minimum of 5% of their national budgets to mental health.
Rev Bill Jallah