Mental health

Mental health policy, plans and programmes

WHO mental health policy and service guidance package - module 1 (update 2)

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: xiii, 104 p.
Publication date: 2005
Languages: Arabic, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Greek
ISBN: ISBN 9241546468
WHO reference number: WM 30 2005ME



An explicit mental health policy is an essential and powerful tool for a mental health section in a ministry of health. When properly formulated and implemented through plans and programmes, policy can have a significant impact on the mental health of populations. This module sets out practical steps for the development of policies, plans and programmes and for their implementation. Specific examples from countries are used to illustrate the process of developing policy, plans and programmes throughout the module.

This module is part of the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package. The package consists of a series of interrelated user-friendly modules designed to address the wide variety of needs and priorities in policy development and service planning. Each module addresses a core aspect of mental health.