My name is Alison. I'm a government Health Minister and I have to constantly make tough decisions that impact people's lives. Mental and neurological disorders are a particularly challenging area. I have to think about how much of a public health issue it is compared to other diseases, so that any budget allocated to policies is effective. It's tough to put it that way, but we have to think about taxpayers money being put to best use. I believe my role as a politician is to also think of the wider impact of mental and neurological disorders on society. Follow me to get a glimpse of factors I take into account so that my country has a coherent set of policies for mental health.
I remember when the Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondevik admitted publically that he suffered from depression. It was a real wake up call that nobody is immune to mental and neurological disorders.