The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development signals an ambitious political commitment towards transforming our world into a more just, peaceful and inclusive global community. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in this Agenda centralise health, both as an outcome and as a means to achieving sustainable human development. The SDGs give more prominence to mental health than their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), signalling a universal commitment to mental health for the second and third decades of the millennium. Other high-profile international processes recognising the imperative of mental health for socio-economic development have complemented this commitment. 1 The global mental health crisis has emerged from the shadows and the vibrant community of mental health activists, service users and survivors, scholars, and practitioners have a historic opportunity to advance wellbeing and sustainable human development for all.