GENEVA, Switzerland – Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been a leading advocate of mental health treatment and substance use for more than 50 years.
On Monday, the 75th assembly of the World Health Organization recognized his lifelong achievements when WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, presented Carter with an award for global health. Carter was one of three people awarded Monday.
His grandson and the chairman of the Carter Center Board of Trustees, Jason J. Carter, accepted the award on his behalf. Jason Carter read a letter from Rosalynn Carter:
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“The Director-General’s World Health Award is especially significant to me in light of the Carter Center’s long-standing collaboration with WHO to eradicate neglected tropical diseases and foster the inclusion of mental health as an integral part of general welfare, ”Jason Carter said. “My hope is that this is the time when all nations make behavioral health a priority and create quality care systems that are provided equitably. I have been waiting a long time for this to happen. I urge everyone attendees use your influence and talent to make sure you do. “
Jason Carter remarked when Rosalynn Carter first addressed the WHO in May 1979. She asserted that health is a human right and drew attention to mental health as a crucial component of the overall well-being of a person.
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His defense dates back to 1971, when Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia. He was a member of the Governor’s Commission for the Improvement of Services for People with Mental and Emotional Disabilities.
He testified before Congress before the passage of the Mental Health Systems Act, which was signed into law in October 1980. The law described the rights of mental health patients to receive the protection and services they require. and emphasized the mental health needs of minority populations.
He established the Carter Center Mental Health Program in 1991 and later launched the Rosalynn Carter Forum on Mental Health in Georgia, which deals with mental health policy issues in Georgia. In 2018, Rosalynn Carter led the program to launch a school-based initiative to increase access to mental health services in schools.
Carter, 93, lives in Plains, Georgia, with her husband, former President Jimmy Carter.
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