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.
- Livestream of the WHO Mental Health Forum 2019
- WHO Mental Health Forum 2019 report
- Previous Forum reports
Several resources are available to help reduce the mental health treatment gap and to enhance the capacity of Member States to respond to the large burden of mental, neurological and substance use disorders.
mhGAP Operations Manual
mhGAP Training Manuals
mhGAP Intervention Guide 2.0 app
mhGAP Intervention Guide - Version 2.0
mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG)
mhGAP Intervention Guide
- mhGAP module Assessment Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress
- mhGAP Evidence Resource Centre
- mhGAP WHO-EU joint project in Ethiopia and Nigeria
- mhGAP publications
- mhGAP Forum 2017 report
- Previous mhGAP Forum reports