UN Special Rapporteur: Social Ties Important to Mental Health and Welfare

Dainius Pūras, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, recently urged member states to focus on social factors affecting mental health, claiming that the "quality of social relationships … between individuals, families and communities ... across generations, between government and people, between different nations, and between mankind and nature, is a crucial determinant of health, and mental health in particular.” He also advocated for eliminating institutional care for children and fighting against bullying, depression, and suicide through modern public health measures.