Mental health

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Mental Health Atlas

Mental Health Atlas Project of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is designed to collect, compile and disseminate data on mental health resources in the world. Resources include mental health policies, plans, financing, care delivery, human resources, medicines, and information systems. These resources are necessary to provide services and care for people with mental disorders.

The objectives of the project are to raise public and professional awareness of the inadequacies of existing mental health resources and services and the large inequities in their distribution at national and global level, and to provide useful information in planning for enhancement of mental health resources.

Mental Health Atlas project report was first published in 2001 and the information was updated in 2005, 2011 and 2014.

Mental Health Atlas 2014

This new edition of Mental Health Atlas, carried out in 2014, assumes new importance as a repository of mental health information in WHO Member States because it is providing much of the baseline data against which progress towards the objectives and targets of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 is to be measured.

Global reporting: In total, 171 out of WHO’s 194 Member States were able to at least partially complete the Atlas questionnaire, representing a participation rate of nearly 90%.