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 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.

Mainstreaming mental health in Ethiopia

WHO/A. Bruni

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.

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.


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

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