20 June 2019 – Three quarters of people living with epilepsy in low-income countries do not get the treatment they need, increasing their risk of dying prematurely and condemning many to a life of stigma. The findings are published in “Epilepsy: a public health imperative”, released today by WHO and leading nongovernmental organizations for epilepsy, the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.
New WHO estimates on mental disorders in conflict settings
12 June 2019 – One person in five living in an area affected by conflict is living with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression or anxiety to psychosis. Worse, almost 1 in 10 is living with a moderate or severe mental disorder. These new estimates, published in The Lancet today, highlight the need for increased, sustained investment in the development of mental health services in areas affected by conflict.
3 June 2019 - iSupport, a knowledge and skills training programme for carers of people living with dementia, is now available as a hardcopy manual. Sections include how to deal with behaviour changes such as memory loss and getting lost, providing support with everyday activities such as eating and drinking, and managing one’s own physical and mental health. The manual is already available in an online format.
2 May 2019 – In 2018 the WHO Director-General identified mental health for accelerated implementation within WHO’s work. This WHO Special Initiative seeks to ensure universal health coverage involving access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions in 12 countries to 100 million more people. The initiative will advance policies, advocacy and human rights, and scale-up quality interventions and services for people with mental health conditions, including substance use and neurological disorders.
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.