A United Nations General Assembly Special Session for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders: the time has come

PLoS Med. 2012 Jan;9(1):e1001159. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001159. Epub 2012 Jan 17.


Mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders are leading causes of the global burden of disease and profoundly impact the social and economic well-being of individuals and communities. The majority of people affected by MNS disorders globally do not have access to evidence-based interventions and many experience discrimination and abuses of their human rights. A United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) is needed to focus global attention on MNS disorders as a core development issue requiring commitments to improve access to care, promote human rights, and strengthen the evidence on effective prevention and treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Congresses as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Nervous System Diseases*
  • Substance-Related Disorders*
  • Time Factors
  • United Nations*