“The importance of mental health well-being within the sustainable development goals (SDGS) 2030”, Lade Olugbemi
Lade Olugbemi CEO The NOUS Organisation Ltd UK email@example.com
Purpose: This paper calls for an improvement in mental health care in African countries. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 promotes overall well-being; however, progress in addressing mental health lags significantly relative to efforts to eradicate poverty, malnutrition and communicable diseases.
Method/Approach: This paper examines data reported by vested international organisations on mental health issues in African countries, and studies assessing the efficacy of current services.
Findings: Mental disorders are both triggered by and act as a precursor to poverty, unrest and other challenges. A collaborative effort involving both the public and private sector is needed to address service shortages and promote mental health.
Originality/Value: There is growing evidence attributing a large proportion of the global health burden to mental disorders, which are projected to rise in many African countries. This paper provides recommendations to support efforts to address mental health needs as an aspect of sustainable development.
Keywords: Disability; mental health needs; mental health services; psychosocial disorders; sustainable development goals