WHO Director-General launches the Mental Health Action Plan, October 2013
Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO Director-General, described the new Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 as a landmark achievement: it focuses international attention on a long-neglected problem and is firmly rooted in the principles of human rights. The action plan calls for changes. It calls for a change in the attitudes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination that have isolated people since ancient times, and it calls for an expansion of services in order to promote greater efficiency in the use of resources.
Sustaining mental health care after emergencies
Emergencies, in spite of their tragic nature and adverse effects on mental health, are opportunities to build better mental health systems for those who need it. This is important because mental health is crucial to the overall well-being, functioning, and resilience of individuals, societies and countries recovering from emergencies.
World Mental Health Day
Every year on 10th of October, The World Health Organization joins in celebrating the World Mental Health Day. The day is celebrated at the initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and WHO supports this initiative through raising awareness on mental health issues.
The theme of the day in 2013 is “Mental health and older adults”.
WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)
The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low and middle income.