Mental health

Project Atlas: Resources for Mental Health

Project Atlas of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is designed to collect, compile and disseminate data on mental health and neurology resources in the world. Resources include policies, programmes, financing, services, professionals, treatment and medicines, information systems and related organizations. These resources are necessary to provide services and care for people with mental, behavioural and neurological diseases/disorders.

The primary objective of the project is to raise public and professional awareness of the inadequacies of existing resources and services and the large inequities in their distribution at national and global level. The information is also useful in planning for enhancement of resources.

This website presents updated information from the project Atlas; at this time, subprojects on Mental Health and Neurology are included. The website allows users to find and display global, regional and country data, as well as to compare countries and WHO regions and prepare tables, charts and maps for downloading.

Latest publications

Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

The action plan recognizes the essential role of mental health in achieving health for all people. It aims to achieve equity through universal health coverage and stresses the importance of prevention.

Integrating the response to mental health disorders and other chronic diseases in health care systems

Strong links exist between mental disorders and other chronic diseases, not only with respect to their causes and consequences, but also in terms of their prevention and management.

Innovation in deinstitutionalization: a WHO expert survey

A WHO expert survey to identify principles and actions for expanding community-based mental health services, and/or to downsize institution-based care.

Social determinants of mental health

This paper highlights effective actions that can be taken to reduce risk of mental disorders throughout the life course, both at the community level and country level.

WHO MIND Project