International Psychoanalytical Association calls for greater investment in mental health services

This year’s World Mental Health Day falls during an unprecedented period of prolonged suffering and mental anguish for millions of people around the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the pressures and challenges faced by health workers, feelings of loneliness for the most marginalised in society, and financial anxiety for those whose employment is threatened or who are already living in poverty. 

Against a global backdrop of uncertainty, it is expected that these challenges will continue for some time, and as a result, the demand for already under-funded psychosocial support will rise. Therefore, the International Psychoanalytical Association is urging politicians and policy makers to prioritise mental health services so that access is available to all. 

Additionally, the Association is calling for its members, and other mental health professionals to continue their vital work in the communities they serve. Now more than ever, initiatives within the community that improve access to psychosocial support are an essential lifeline to those that are most at need. 

10 October 2020