Mental health

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)

Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. While 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to these disorders, most of the people affected - 75% in many low-income countries - do not have access to the treatment they need.

The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.

WHO Mental Health Forum, 14 – 15 October 2019, WHO, Geneva

The WHO Mental Health Forum 2019 (previously "mhGAP Forum") has provided an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to discuss progress on WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan in countries. The theme this year was “Enhancing Country Action on Mental Health,” reflecting the vision of WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work, 2019-2023.

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