WHO estimates that nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental health problem never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders. ICN is concerned about the lack of recognition of the health workforce role in the care, advocacy and leadership in dealing with mental health and NCDs. ICN is also concerned about the absence of consumers and the community in the development of policies, strategies or legislation related to mental health and NCDs. People-centred care and community engagement need to be front and centre in any future implementation plans.