Mental health

Development of a Global Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

Context

In response to paragraph 2.1 of World Health Assembly resolution WHA65.4, requesting the WHO Director-General to develop a comprehensive mental health action plan with measurable outcomes, the WHO Secretariat has prepared a ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan, which was published on 27 August 2012. The ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan was used as a basis for further consultations with Member States and UN agencies at an informal consultation on 2 November 2012 at WHO.

The ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan includes a proposed vision, objectives and a set of recommended actions which, when performed collectively by Member States, international partners and the WHO Secretariat, will reduce the mortality and disability for people with mental health conditions, prevent mental disorders and promote mental health and well-being. To assist Member States and UN agencies in reviewing the ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan, an accompanying WHO Background Paper (see Link 3) was also published on 27 August 2012 to provide clarifications on targeting people with mental health conditions as a vulnerable group.

The consultative process is as follows:

  • A report by the WHO Secretariat on the global burden of mental health disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors and the country level was submitted to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly for consideration by Member States (see Link 1).
  • The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA65.4 on the same topic (see Link 2).
  • The WHO Secretariat posted a ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan on its website on 27 July 2012, building on the discussions at the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly.
  • Member States and UN agencies were invited to submit their views in response to the ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan’ until 19 October 2012.
  • The WHO Secretariat convened an informal consultation with Member States and UN agencies on 2 November 2012 on the ‘zero draft’ 2013-2020 Global Mental Health Action Plan. During the informal consultation, a summary of comments was received from Member States and UN agencies, as well as the views from relevant global NGOs and selected private sector entities.
  • To conclude the work, the WHO Secretariat will submit a final draft of the 2013-2020 Global Mental Action Plan to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly through the Executive Board, for consideration by Member States.
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