On 13-14 April in Washington DC, the World Health Organization and the World Bank will present to ministers of finance and development agencies the expected economic, health and social returns from investing in mental health services. Participants will hear how countries of all income levels have successfully scaled up mental health services, often using innovative approaches. The event aims to kick-start an increase in investments in mental health.
8 April 2016 - Government commitment and the establishment of strong partnerships has enabled Ethiopia to bring mental health services to many who previously had no access at all.
Training using WHO’s mhGAP tools has been key to scale-up and has increased substantially the number of health workers able to provide care for mental health disorders.
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.
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. This is recognition of the importance of these areas of health within global development and health priorities.