Is this really the time for investing into mental health?
Inevitably during crises, policy makers prioritise the most immediate concerns, such as providing food and medical care. Mental health is typically given lower priority, because of reduced awareness of its impact on mortality and morbidity.
However, crises also present opportunities, and experiences from past emergencies show that mental health can become a priority for system reform. As government departments might have greater incentives to work together on system-wide responses, this also offers new opportunities for promoting long-term economic and mental health resilience in line with the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.