the Mental health pandemic It persists in the world with an intensity that gives no relief. More than three years after the start of the global health emergency due to… Covid-19Psychology and psychiatry experts confirm that it is constantly on the rise.
Before 2020, this was estimated 1 in 6 adults Of working age with a mental health disorder, e.g Depression or anxiety. Then the global health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus increased the number of people experiencing symptoms of depression by more than 25%, according to the latest WHO report.
The World Health Organization, as an international organization, published a document entitled “The World Report on Mental Health: Transforming mental health for all“, on June 16, 2022, highlighted the vital importance of this aspect of health and pointed out the existing contradiction between needs And the Insufficient or insufficient Responses from countries.
Global estimates – always according to the World Health Organization – indicate that people who Receive attention For specific mental health conditions it remained less than fifty%, The global average is 40% of patients with depression and 29% with psychosis. Then, as we mentioned, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25%.
he WHO action plan for mental health It set a target for 2020 for 80% of member states of the multinational entity to have a mental health plan adapted to “international and regional human rights instruments.” However, only 51% of countries achieved this target.
In tune with this extremely disturbing situation, the experts who participated in The ninth edition of the Scientific Summit Which is done from From 12 to 29 SeptemberIn the context of The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Place this forum Sciences And for brain As the pillars of future development, individual and collective. The secret meeting was attended by Argentine neuroscientist Facundo Maness, who spoke to him information from the United States
1- Brain and mental health The leitmotif of the meeting was that it was the foundation, not just for the good Quality of life Of citizens, but also of Nation development. For this reason, experts have suggested that countries should invest in promoting and protecting this aspect of health to enhance the capabilities needed for the 21st century world, which is based on Ideas and knowledge. In this context, think, within Public policy, Care and development mental capital, It is understood as the cognitive, emotional and social resources of an individual, and has a significant impact on both the personal and collective levels.
2- Another axis of The ninth edition of the Scientific Summit Who regulates ISC Scientific Intelligence in Sciencewith other partners, is the role and contribution of science in achieving the goal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Participants seek to establish and strengthen scientific cooperation that supports the 2030 Agenda and the 2030 Local Agenda, as well as prepare contributions for a future UN Summit scheduled for the 79th UN General Assembly in 2024.
It should be noted here that 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda It is an action plan for people, planet and prosperity that was approved by UN Member States in September 2015. This roadmap sets out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) And the 169 goals Specific measures that countries must adhere to by 2030 Local Agenda 2030 It is a specific network of coordination and cooperation between cities, regions and communities to support the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
3- the Technology and advances in artificial intelligence As discussed, given the need to prepare societies for technological change and advances in artificial intelligence. It was emphasized that science is the way to overcome difficulties and barriers, and that governments have the opportunity to encourage investment in cognitive, social and emotional resources.
4- On the other hand, the focus was on Global scientific cooperation In the policies, regulations and financial environments that support global scientific cooperation, especially in the field of the brain. The importance of existing partnerships and the potential for global cooperation in the field of neuroscience and treatment of brain disorders was highlighted.
5- Another important aspect of this meeting is the personal exchange of knowledge and cooperation between experts. This event allows experts from around the world to exchange best practices, exchange work in progress and explore ways to enhance collaboration.
It was part of this summit Argentine neuroscientist Facundo ManessAs a founder of Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (INECO)– Scientific institution of global importance – as President of Scientific Committee of the National Assembly.
Mani in an exclusive interview with him information From New York, he recovered the concept of mental capital, which he expanded on in his interventions. “We understand that mental capital is an aggregate Cognitive, emotional and social resources On which a person depends to function in society and interact with others and the environment. These resources form the basis for acquisition Lifelong learning that supports educational, work and social achievements the person.”
Based on the importance of these resources, Mance added: “The state’s investment in… Promote and protect brain health of people enhances the capabilities necessary to cope The twenty-first century economy depends on ideas and knowledge. Public policies that promote Nurturing and developing mental capital and well-being Throughout life they have a profound impact on the individual and collective levels.
For this reason, he emphasized that the way is science, because “based on the availability of scientific knowledge, the governments of each country in the region – and these, in a cooperative way – have the opportunity to implement policies that – Encouraging investment in cognitive, social and emotional resources Their societies allow it Both economic and social prosperity“.
Maness spoke on Monday and Tuesday, first at the Mental Health and Research Conference in harvard Club Of New York City, Within the framework of the policy team on financing and capacity building. The next day he participated in the day Building brain capital (Developing mental capital) within the framework of the summit held in New York.
During the first of these meetings, the experts addressed a prominent topic about how their countries and regions deal with this issue Investing in brain researchHow do they face it? The social burden of mental illness And how they explore collaborative ways that can help advance efforts to achieve better mental health for all.
in it Building brain capitalThe Argentine scientist, along with other distinguished speakers, spoke on “Design and Implementation of National and Regional Agreements on Brains,” which discussed the fundamental need to prepare societies for accelerating challenges. Technological change And progress in artificial intelligence. Likewise, topics related to mental health and well-being and how to build national, regional and global agreements on the brain were covered.
As the Argentine neuroscientist there explained, “Prioritizing mental capital, brain health, and care for mental health disorders For citizens it is necessary Improving overall health and quality of life Of people, but also to ensure Foundations of the development of nations“.
Maness pointed out the obstacles faced by this mission in search of the well-being of the population, which relate to “the very high levels of Poverty and weakness In our region, there are added effects pandemic In mental health.” Both factors, he said, “are a sign of… Warning Which should prompt us to urgently prioritize enhancing and protecting mental capital through… Comprehensive procedures“Coordinated and evidence-based.”
After the success of the scientific summit in United Nations General Assembly 77which saw the participation of more than 1,600 speakers in more than 400 sessions, this year the European Alliance for Global Health Connectivity (ECAlliance) played a leading role through discussions and panel discussions.
The meeting was at the Harvard Club in New York City, which he organized European Brain Council (EBC), In line with its main focus with the Science Summit, it has focused on the policies, regulations and financial environments that support global scientific cooperation in the field of the brain. Among the most notable contributions to the discussion were existing partnerships and the potential for global collaboration in neuroscience and the treatment of brain disorders.
In this way, the 78th UN General Assembly Science Summit has become a reference point for global scientific cooperation, with a particular focus on brain and health research, with an emphasis on Examine financial policies, regulations and environments necessary to implement and maintain the scientific mechanisms necessary to support global cooperation among experts. Participants highlighted existing partnerships and roadmaps Global business potential Specifically expanded in Brain area, neuroscience, But also in treatment brain disorders, Both nervous and mental.
These meetings are allowed Contact key counterparts Experts from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia come together in one room to share best practices, share ongoing work and priority areas in their countries, and explore and identify ways to enhance cooperation to forge a common path to understanding and addressing progress and improvements together.