Mental health

Mental Health Atlas 2014

14 July – WHO’s Mental Health Atlas, released today, provides a comprehensive overview of mental health policies, plans and services worldwide.

This fourth edition, with data from 171 of WHO’s Member States, indicates dramatic differences in resources for mental health between high- and low- and middle-income countries.

WHO and UNHCR issue new Guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

A child receiving medical care in a field clinic in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta.

5 May 2015 - The mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide, released today, contains first-line management recommendations for mental, neurological and substance use conditions for non-specialist health-care providers working in humanitarian emergencies.

The Guide will help accelerate the provision of mental health care to children and adults in countries impacted by humanitarian emergencies such as Syria, Yemen, and more recently Nepal.

Responding to the Ebola mental health crisis


Ebola-affected communities in West Africa are experiencing intense fear and suffering. People are separated from loved ones due to illness or death. Health workers deal with risks to their own health. Those associated with Ebola are often victims of severe social stigma, increasing their levels of distress and isolation.
In response, WHO has sent leading public mental health experts to the affected countries, and adapted and disseminated its psychological first-aid guide for Ebola and related training materials.

Launch of the Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

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.


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.

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.

First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia

The ‘First Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia’ fostered awareness of the public health and economic challenges posed by dementia and a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Member States and stakeholders.

WHO MIND Project