Mental health

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)

Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. While 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to these disorders, most of the people affected - 75% in many low-income countries - do not have access to the treatment they need.

The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.

mhGAP Forum, 9 – 10 October 2017, WHO, Geneva

The two days of activities in the Forum provided an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss a variety of themes, all related to the implementation of WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. The Forum also discussed specific commitments from partners towards implementing the Action Plan. There also was time available for informal networking.


Several resources are available to help reduce the mental health treatment gap and to enhance the capacity of Member States to respond to the large burden of mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

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