Mental health

Mental Health Atlas-2014 country profiles

1 October 2015 – Following the release of WHO’s Mental Health Atlas 2014 global report, up-to-date country-specific mental health Atlas profiles are now available.

These profiles provide a snapshot of the reported level of resources and services available in each country, as well as the implementation status of policies, plans and laws.

Reducing suicide in rural India by limiting access to pesticides

Two men stand in front of wooden lockers in a central storage facility.
WHO/Sarojini Manikandan

9 September 2015 - Swallowing pesticides is among the most common means of suicide worldwide. Widespread use in India of pesticides in farming has led to particularly high rates of suicide in the country’s rural areas. This photo feature describes how a WHO-sponsored project in the state of Tamilnadu, southern India, helped reduce the number of suicides by limiting access to pesticides.

Responding to the Ebola mental health crisis


Ebola-affected communities in West Africa are experiencing intense fear and suffering. People are separated from loved ones due to illness or death. Health workers deal with risks to their own health. Those associated with Ebola are often victims of severe social stigma, increasing their levels of distress and isolation.
In response, WHO has sent leading public mental health experts to the affected countries, and adapted and disseminated its psychological first-aid guide for Ebola and related training materials.


World Mental Health Day 2015 - Dignity in mental health

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is "Dignity in mental health". This year, WHO will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.

WB/WHO meeting: Out of the shadows - Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority

In April 2016, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization will co-host a high-level meeting on global mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety, to coincide with the 2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

Latest publications

Mental Health Atlas 2014

With data from 171 of WHO’s Member States, Mental Health Atlas 2014 provides a comprehensive overview of mental health policies, plans and services worldwide.

Promoting rights and community living for children with psychosocial disabilities

This joint WHO/Gulbenkian publication provides guidance on services and supports required to end institutionalization of children and ensure that they can live and thrive in the community.

WHO MIND Project