Mental health

Mental health evidence and research (MER)

The Mental Health: Evidence and Research team (MER) at WHO is deeply committed to closing the gap between what is needed and what is currently available to reduce the burden of mental disorders worldwide and to promote mental health.

The MER team transforms this objective into action through the following core projects: Atlas, WHO-AIMS and Mental Health in Emergencies. All of these projects aim to increase the information and evidence base on mental health. In turn, this information can be used to strengthen mental health care systems which will result in better care and services to individuals and communities. Detailed information is provided on each of these projects through the links below.

Core projects

Mental Health Atlas

Mental Health Atlas Project is designed to collect and disseminate data on mental health resources such as policies, plans, financing, care delivery, human resources, medicines, and information systems in the world. The project started in 2001 and the data was updated in 2005, 2011, 2014 and 2017.

EQUIP: Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support

The EQUIP project aims to ensure the quality and effectiveness of brief psychological and psychosocial support interventions that are delivered by people who are not mental health specialists or have limited mental health treatment experience. This will help expand the use of these interventions in communities who need them around the world.

Scalable psychological interventions

In recent years, a range of scalable psychological interventions have been found to be effective for people suffering disabling stress, depression and anxiety. WHO is working to seek to develop, test and/or disseminate such interventions as public goods.

WHO-AIMS

The World Health Organization Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) is a new WHO tool for collecting essential information on the mental health system of a country or region. The goal of collecting this information is to improve mental health systems and to provide a baseline for monitoring the change.

Mental Health in Emergencies

The target group for WHO work on mental health in emergencies is any population exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors, and terrorism, or war-exposed populations. Click below for more information and resources on mental health in emergencies.

Latest publications

WHO Guidelines: Management of physical health conditions in adults with severe mental disorders

The Guidelines provide evidence-based, up-to-date recommendations to practitioners on how to recognize and manage comorbid physical and mental health conditions.

mhGAP Operations Manual

The manual is an integral component of the mhGAP package and offers practical guidance and necessary tools for planning, preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating mhGAP.

Suicide prevention: toolkit for engaging communities

Communities have an important role to play in suicide prevention.This toolkit is a step-by-step guide for people who would like to initiate suicide prevention activities in their community.

WHO MIND Project