Mental health

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Mental Health Atlas

Mental Health Atlas Project of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is designed to collect, compile and disseminate data on mental health resources in the world. Resources include mental health policies, plans, financing, care delivery, human resources, medicines, and information systems. These resources are necessary to provide services and care for people with mental disorders.

The objectives of the project are to raise public and professional awareness of the inadequacies of existing mental health resources and services and the large inequities in their distribution at national and global level, and to provide useful information in planning for enhancement of mental health resources.

Mental Health Atlas project report was first published in 2001 and the information was updated in 2005 and 2011

Mental Health Atlas 2011

The Mental Health Atlas 2011 represents the latest estimate of global mental health resources.

It presents data from 184 WHO Member States, covering 98% of the world’s population. Facts and figures presented in Atlas indicate that resources for mental health remain inadequate.

The distribution of resources across regions and income groups is substantially uneven and in many countries resources are extremely scarce. Results from Atlas reinforce the urgent need to scale up resources and care for mental health within countries.

Mental Health Atlas 2011 report summarizes the global and regional data on key variables, and the Country Profiles depict the mental health resource of each country.