Mental health

Development of a draft global action plan on the public health response to dementia

Cathy Greenblat

19 September 2016 – In May 2016, the Executive Board requested the Director-General to develop, with the full participation of Member States and in cooperation with other relevant stakeholders, a draft global action plan on the public health response to dementia with clear goals and targets.

In response to this request, the WHO secretariat prepared a “zero draft” that will be used as the basis for informal consultations in September and October 2016 to seek comments and views from Member States and non-State actors.

World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2016

World Vision International

11 August 2016 - The theme of World Mental Health Day this year covers “psychological first aid”. Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they be health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority

Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety: good for health, good for economies.
WHO/World Bank

On 13-14 April in Washington DC, the World Health Organization and the World Bank presented to ministers of finance and development agencies the expected economic, health and social returns from investing in mental health services. Participants heard how countries of all income levels have successfully scaled up mental health services, often using innovative approaches. The event aimed to kick-start an increase in investments in mental health.


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.

Latest publications

Problem Management Plus(PM+)

This manual describes a scalable psychological intervention called Problem Management Plus (PM+) for adults impaired by distress in communities who are exposed to adversity.

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