Track Sessions II
D. Mental Wellness: 'Are cities doing enough to tackle the rise of mental health challenges?'

Mental illness, affecting about 450 million people globally, is one of the world’s most underfunded problems. Congestion, social isolation and noise put people in cities at higher risk of mental health problems. However, conscious efforts within cities can mitigate this risk. For example, proactive urban planning with well-designed spaces for recreation can have dramatic positive effects on mental well-being. Improving access to primary care can also help identify and prevent mental health problems early. There is compelling evidence to support the effectiveness of such interventions, yet mental health continues to be given second priority to people’s physical well-being.

This session will look at how cities can raise awareness of mental health issues, and translate that support into effective solutions. It will also explore the intervention areas in most severe need of support from funders, and the best practices philanthropists should keep in mind when tackling these issues.