Mental health

World Health Assembly endorses global action plan on dementia

WHO/G. McKell

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.

Depression: let’s talk

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.

Version 2.0 of mhGAP Intervention Guide launched

Building on the widespread uptake and success of the first edition (2010), the mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings Version 2.0 is being launched in October 2016.

Following an extensive expert and field review process, the revised version contains new modules, updated content and, notably, has been designed with enhanced usability – to work across conventional paper, electronic and mobile platforms. It will continue to be a very valuable model and guide to providing mental health care and services around the world.

Highlights

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.



Depression: let’s talk campaign

On 10 October 2016, we launched a one-year campaign: Depression: let's talk. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.


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.


Latest publications

Improving access to and appropriate use of medicines for mental disorders

This report, based on a consultative process and extensive literature reviews, provides information to improve access to essential medicines for mental disorders.

Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates

This booklet provides latest available estimates of the prevalence of depression and other common mental disorders at the global and regional level.

WHO MIND Project