Mental health

WHO programme for depression in public health

The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) was launched in 2008 to increase services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low income settings across the world. WHO prefers to promote a programme for increasing access to services that can cover multiple mental health priorities at the same time. International experience and scientific evidence supports the idea that identification and management of depression is possible by non-specialized health workers in primary care. Depression is an important priority condition included within mhGAP.