On 8-9 October 2015, WHO hosted its mhGAP Forum which is convened every year in Geneva to promote collaboration and coordinated action to address progress in global mental health.
The Forum was attended by nearly 40 Member States and 150 participants from United Nations agencies, foundations, NGOs, academic and research institutions and WHO Collaborating Centres. A key theme concerned the uptake of innovation into mental health policy and focus was on dignity in mental health, reflecting the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day.
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.
9 September 2015 - Swallowing pesticides is among the most common means of suicide worldwide. Widespread use in India of pesticides in farming has led to particularly high rates of suicide in the country’s rural areas. This photo feature describes how a WHO-sponsored project in the state of Tamilnadu, southern India, helped reduce the number of suicides by limiting access to pesticides.
World Mental Health Day 2015 - Dignity in mental health
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is "Dignity in mental health". This year, WHO will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.
WB/WHO meeting: Out of the shadows - Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority
In April 2016, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization will co-host a high-level meeting on global mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety, to coincide with the 2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.