21 January 2019 - More than 150 country profiles of mental health resources have been published today. The profiles, based on data provided by WHO Member States, provide a national-level snapshot of the existence of policies, plans and laws for mental health, human and financial resources available and the type of facilities providing care. The profiles are published as part of WHO’s Mental Health Atlas project, and are updated every three years.
7 November 2018 - People with severe mental disorders – including severe depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia – generally die 10-20 years earlier than the general population. The majority of these premature deaths are due to physical health conditions. Access to comprehensive health services remain out of reach for the majority of people with severe mental disorders.
To help address this inequity, WHO has released, for the first time, evidence-based guidelines on the management of physical conditions in adults with severe mental disorders.
10 October 2018 - The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “young people and mental health in a changing world”.
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Our focus is on building mental resilience among young people, to help them cope with the challenges of today’s world.
8 December 2017 – New training tools launched by WHO today will help promote the human rights of people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities. They will also lead to better quality care in mental health services. Intended for mental health staff, and people using mental health services and their families and carers, the tools cover topics such as understanding human rights; promoting community inclusion; and preventing coercion, violence and abuse in mental health services.
The training materials have been developed as part of WHO’s QualityRights initiative.
Good mental health is related to mental and psychological well-being. WHO’s work to improve the mental health of individuals and society at large includes the promotion of mental well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, the protection of human rights and the care of people affected by mental disorders.