Depuis 2008 la Fondation Suisse pour la Santé Mondiale décerne annuellement un prix à une personne qui contribue à améliorer significativement des soins apportés à des personnes souffrant d’une maladie mentale. Ce prix est attribué en collaboration avec l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé. Pour cette raison, nous donnons la motivation de ce prix (de même que les résumés des travaux des lauréats), en anglais.
Mental and neurological disorders are the main cause of nearly 40% of all disability in the world. An estimated 500 million people suffer from such disorders that would require health care and are severely disadvantaged in all aspects of their life, professional or personal. The burden for the relatives of the persons affected is also enormous. New knowledge makes the prevention and treatment of a large proportion of mental disorders possible and there is good evidence that with appropriate care, most people with psychiatric and neurological disorders can live a life of acceptable quality. This is of major importance for people affected and for those who look after them or support them. However, due mainly to the stigma or taboo linked to mental disorders, prevention and treatment are severely underfunded – as an example – less than 2% of the WHO’s budget is devoted to mental health.
The SFFM is aware of these facts and its “Award for an outstanding achievement in the field of mental health care” is a very small contribution to amend them.