The key to continue the momentum on mental health is to step up advocacy efforts. Policy makers and the general public are only partly aware of the fact that mental disorders are common, cause a large amount of burden and effective treatment of most mental disorders is possible. The image of mental illness is incorrectly associated with images of violence and laziness rather than with suffering, marginalization and denial of basic rights.
Most health workers are not conversant with modern methods of treatment of mental illness and often do not possess the necessary skills to deal with it. Among them there are many who believe that the only way of dealing with mental illness is long term hospital care.
In the majority of countries, including developed ones, there is no parity of care for mental and physical illnesses. Stigma of mental illness gains strength from these misconceptions and reinforces them. Advocacy efforts are targeted to create a well-informed society on mental health and disorders.