To mark Universal Health Coverage Day 2018 and the importance of mental health to general health we will be honouring individuals and institutions that are making an outstanding contribution to stand up for, fight for and promote mental health and well-being for all, with equality of treatment and dignity in experience.
Please nominate your champions and heroes so that their contribution can be recognised in our first annual awards ceremony.
Nominations are open from: Monday 1st October 2018 until Monday 29th October 2018
The awards panel will review each nomination and individuals and institutions that are making an outstanding contribution to stand up for, fight for and promote mental health and well-being for all, with equality of treatment and dignity in experience will be put forward for a public vote.
The public vote will take place from: Thursday 1st November 2018 until Sunday 18th November 2018
The awards will be announced on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at the Universal Health and Mental Health Coverage for All Conference in Malta.
Award winners will be invited to present their work during the next 2019 Congress, their names will be included in the virtual wall that will be launched on the new World Dignity Project website and will receive a plaque and certificate.
Why this matters
The majority of people are living to an older age, and it has been said that this is one of humanity’s major achievements. Not only are people living longer, but there are also many initiatives to ensure that they are having a healthier life that is fulfilling and enriching. This dramatic increase in average life expectancy in the 20th Century is not shared by people who suffer from mental health conditions. People with mental health conditions and their families continue to be disadvantaged.
Yet we know that mental health is an integral part of health and social services provision, but has received inadequate attention by policy makers and society in general. Many patients who suffer from mental health conditions and their families do not get the best care possible due to stigma and discrimination.
The 2013-2020 Mental Health Action Plan rightly noted that many individuals and their families suffer from poverty because of mental health conditions and their human rights are often violated because of mental health stigma and discrimination. People with mental disorder are often denied political rights and the right to participate in society.