Mental health

WHO releases new estimates of prevalence of depression

23 February 2017 - According to new estimates of prevalence of depression, released by the World Health Organization today, the number of people living with depression increased by more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

Depression is also the largest cause of disability worldwide. More than 80% of this disease burden is among people living in low- and middle-income countries.

Version 2.0 of mhGAP Intervention Guide launched

Building on the widespread uptake and success of the first edition (2010), the mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings Version 2.0 is being launched in October 2016.

Following an extensive expert and field review process, the revised version contains new modules, updated content and, notably, has been designed with enhanced usability – to work across conventional paper, electronic and mobile platforms. It will continue to be a very valuable model and guide to providing mental health care and services around the world.

International Epilepsy Day

W.M.M. Sanjana, Sri Lanka

13 February 2017 - Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate International Epilepsy Day, started and organized by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

Access to information about epilepsy is crucial; people with epilepsy and their families often suffer from stigma and discrimination because of the lack of knowledge and understanding about the condition.


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

Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates

This booklet provides latest available estimates of the prevalence of depression and other common mental disorders at the global and regional level.

Problem Management Plus(PM+)

This manual describes a scalable psychological intervention called Problem Management Plus (PM+) for adults impaired by distress in communities who are exposed to adversity.

WHO MIND Project