6 June 2018 - In the Mental Health Atlas 2017, 177 out of 194 (91%) of WHO’s Member States reported on the progress of implementation of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. Progress values for 2016 indicate that the global targets can be reached, only if there is a collective global commitment that leads to substantial investment and expanded efforts at country level for mental health policies, laws, programmes and services across all Member States.
1 June 2018 – Only a few countries currently have formulated national dementia plans, despite approximately fifty million people worldwide living with dementia.
Member States are urged to build comprehensive, multisectoral public policy responses to improve quality of life, enhance equitable access to services and reduce stigma and social isolation for people with dementia and their carers.
A new WHO publication assists Member States in formulating this response, through a multiphased approach.
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.
4 December 2017 - WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide 2.0 app, launched in October, is now available in both iOS and Android. The app provides non-specialized health-care providers with access to comprehensive information to help them diagnose and treat a range of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders including depression, epilepsy and dementia from their tablets or mobile phones. The tool can be downloaded free of charge.
Also launched this quarter were mhGAP training manuals to help trainers and supervisors build the capacity of non-specialized health workers in providing mental health care.
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.
Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Promoting mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, are integral parts of the Sustainable Development Agenda to transform our world by 2030 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015.