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Our vision is to work towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) 3, 5, 8, and 10. These SDGs comprise:

3 – Good Health and Well-being

5 – Gender Equality

8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

10 – Reduced Inequalities

The WHO estimates that mental and behavioural disorders account for about 12% of the global burden of diseases and this is likely to increase to 15% by 2020. Our focus is in Kerala which has higher prevalence of mental ill-health (14.4%), suicidal risk (12.5%) and alcohol abuse than the rest of India. Thus there is a dire need to develop acceptable and affordable evidence based mental health interventions that are responsive to the local cultural and social contexts. Despite the high Human Development Index (HDI), stigma is widespread in Kerala and hence people with mental ill-health can internalise the public perceptions and become resistant to approach mental health facilities. Mental health literacy is proposed as an evidence based approach for enhancing tolerance, self-care, care for others and to reduce stigma. It is proposed that raising MHL can improve understanding about the risks to mental health, and methods of coping with these risks, thus promoting mental health for all.

For further information on the 17 UN SDGs, see http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html