Mental health

Depression is common. More than 350 million people across the world – of all ages and from all communities – suffer from depression. In collaboration with WHO, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the "black dog of depression". The video resonates with millions of people and has recorded more than 5.5 million hits till the end of April 2015. Depression was described as a “black dog” like phenomenon constantly weighing down on the mind by former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Latest publications

Thinking healthy


This manual outlines an evidence-based approach describing how community health workers can reduce prenatal depression through evidence-based cognitive-behavioural techniques recommended by the mhGAP programme.

Psychological First Aid for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak


This guide focuses on psychological first aid, which involves humane, supportive and practical help to follow human beings suffering serious crisis events.

WHO MIND Project