A WEEK TO CHANGE DIRECTION
A Week to Change Direction will be a week of action, advocacy, culture change and fundraising for organizations, corporations, universities, communities, and individuals!
Our aim is to increase knowledge, raise awareness and increase support for efforts that are working to change the culture of mental health globally so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve.
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During this special week focused on global and local efforts, we will invite participating organizations and individuals to engage in activities that best reflect their unique strengths, skills and passions. Give an Hour will provide suggestions, tool kits and the platform to elevate each organization’s message as we amplify our shared mission.
IBM Innovation Jam
A Week to Change Direction will also feature a very unique and powerful opportunity for our sponsors and participants! All will be invited to participate in the first ever global three-day conversation focused on mental health hosted by IBM.
Select sponsors will serve as topic hosts during this global strategic discussion. They will join celebrities and subject matter experts for chats that will inspire, challenge and enlighten us!
Real-time data mining will identify themes for future efforts and IBM Watson Analytics will distill ideas for actionable results. This unique opportunity will pave the way for the work ahead of us in Toronto in October!
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WHY WE COLLABORATE
Mental Health is critical to everyone. Unfortunately, limited funding, resources and cultural stereotypes prevent people from receiving help when they need it.
According to the World Economic Forum, mental illness will account for more than half of the economic burden of disease over the next two decades – more than cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases combined.
Between 76% and 85% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment in low and middle income countries. In high income countries, between 35% and 50% people with mental disorders receive no treatment.