Mental health

Release of the Mental Health ATLAS 2017

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.

Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide

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.

WHO launches training tools to promote human rights in mental health services

QualityRights Gujarat

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.

WHO releases mhGAP Intervention Guide app

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.

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

Mental Health ATLAS 2017

The Mental Health Atlas 2017 is providing information from 177 countries, on the progress towards the achievement of targets of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020. Findings suggest that the global targets will be reached only if there is substantial investment and expanded efforts at country level in relation to mental health policies, laws and services.

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.

WHO MIND Project