9 October 2017 – WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide 2.0 app, launched today, is a tool designed for non-specialized health-care providers to manage a range of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders including depression, epilepsy and dementia. Each module includes a description and guidance on assessment and management of priority MNS conditions. The tool can be downloaded free of charge for iOS; an Android version will be released soon. Also launched today are mhGAP training manuals to help trainers and supervisors build the capacity of non-specialized health workers in providing mental health care.
4 October 2017 - Employers and managers who take action to promote mental health at work and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work and the financial health of their organizations. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems among employees, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.
Mental health in the workplace is the topic of this year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October.
29 May 2017 - Delegates at the World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 and committed to developing ambitious national strategies and implementation plans. The global plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. It provides a comprehensive blueprint for action, in areas such as: increasing awareness of dementia and establishing dementia-friendly initiatives; reducing the risk of dementia; diagnosis, treatment and care; research and innovation; and support for dementia carers.
7 April 2017 – WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The highlight is World Health Day 2017, celebrated today. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Good mental health is related to mental and psychological well-being. WHO’s work to improve the mental health of individuals and society at large includes the promotion of mental well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, the protection of human rights and the care of people affected by mental disorders.
Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Promoting mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, are integral parts of the Sustainable Development Agenda to transform our world by 2030 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015.