10 October 2014: Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder, affecting more than 21 million people worldwide. People living with schizophrenia, or another severe mental disorder, die on average 10-25 years earlier than the general population.
On World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, WHO is calling attention to steps that can be taken to help people with schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders live longer, healthier lives.
Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Yet these deaths are preventable.
In WHO’s first suicide report “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” information is included on what is known about suicide across the world, groups at particular risk of suicide, and what can be done at both societal and individual level to reduce the number of deaths from suicide.
This new online platform brings together key international resources and national policies, strategies, laws and service standards for mental health, substance abuse, general health, disability, human rights and development.
MiNDbank will facilitate debate, dialogue, advocacy and research in order to promote national reform in line with international human rights and best practice standards.
Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO Director-General, described the new Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 as a landmark achievement: it focuses international attention on a long-neglected problem and is firmly rooted in the principles of human rights. The action plan calls for changes. It calls for a change in the attitudes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination that have isolated people since ancient times, and it calls for an expansion of services in order to promote greater efficiency in the use of resources.
WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)
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.