Mental health

WHO releases mhGAP Intervention Guide app

9 October 2017 – WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide app, launched today, is intended to help generalist health-care workers diagnose and treat a range of mental health disorders including depression, epilespy and dementia. Each module includes a description of the disorder, an assessment tool and treatment guide. The tool can be downloaded free of charge. Also launched today are mhGAP training manuals to help trainers and supervisors build the capacity of non-specialized health workers in providing mental health care.

Mental health in the workplace

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4 October 2017 - Employers and managers who take action to promote mental health at work and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work and the financial health of their organizations. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems among employees, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Mental health in the workplace is the topic of this year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October.

World Health Assembly endorses global action plan on dementia

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29 May 2017 - Delegates at the World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 and committed to developing ambitious national strategies and implementation plans. The global plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. It provides a comprehensive blueprint for action, in areas such as: increasing awareness of dementia and establishing dementia-friendly initiatives; reducing the risk of dementia; diagnosis, treatment and care; research and innovation; and support for dementia carers.

Depression: let’s talk

7 April 2017 – WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The highlight is World Health Day 2017, celebrated today. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

Highlights

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.



Depression: let’s talk campaign

On 10 October 2016, we launched a one-year campaign: Depression: let's talk. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.


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.


Latest publications

mhGAP Training Manuals

These manuals support implementation of the mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders in non-specialized health settings, version 2.0.

Improving access to and appropriate use of medicines for mental disorders

This report, based on a consultative process and extensive literature reviews, provides information to improve access to essential medicines for mental disorders.

WHO MIND Project