Mental health

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.

World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2016

World Vision International

11 August 2016 - The theme of World Mental Health Day this year covers “psychological first aid”. Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they be health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.


Launch of World Health Day campaign "Depression: let’s talk"

As those of us who have seen depression at first hand know, it is an illness that can happen to anybody. It causes mental anguish and affects our ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated.

The World Health Day campaign will last a full year, focusing on improving understanding of depression, and knowledge of what help is available for prevention and treatment. The ultimate 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. This is recognition of the importance of these areas of health within global development and health priorities.

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