Mental health

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.

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.

Development of a draft global action plan on the public health response to dementia

Cathy Greenblat

19 September 2016 – In May 2016, the Executive Board requested the Director-General to develop, with the full participation of Member States and in cooperation with other relevant stakeholders, a draft global action plan on the public health response to dementia with clear goals and targets.

In response to this request, the WHO secretariat prepared a “zero draft” that will be used as the basis for informal consultations in September and October 2016 to seek comments and views from Member States and non-State actors.


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

Group Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) for Depression

This manual gives guidance on the use of interpersonal therapy (IPT) recommended by WHO as a possible first line treatment for depression.

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