Mental health

WHO behavioural intervention shows promise for treating depression and anxiety in conflict-affected areas

Peshawar, Pakistan
WHO/H. Bower

November 2016 – Problem Management Plus (PM+), a WHO behavioural intervention delivered by lay health workers, showed significant reductions in depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress as well as improved functioning in adults living in a conflict-affected area of Pakistan, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on 12 November. The study, a randomized controlled trial of the intervention in a conflict-affected setting, paves the way for introduction of the intervention in conflict-affected areas.

Resource for diagnosis and management of depression in non-specialized health settings

November 2016 - The mhGAP Intervention Guide 2.0 is a resource to help health practitioners in non-specialized health settings recognize and treat mental health disorders. The section on depression provides guidance on assessment, the different types of treatment that can be prescribed, and follow-up. It includes information on treatment for depression among children and adolescents and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Version 2.0 was published in October 2016.

Group Interpersonal Therapy for depression

WHO/Marko Kokic

October 2016 – WHO has launched a new manual for conducting group interpersonal therapy (IPT) for depression.

The manual, which is part of WHO’s mhGAP programme, describes IPT in a simplified format for use by supervised facilitators who may not have training in mental health.