Mental health

Mental Health Information Systems

WHO mental health policy and service guidance package - module 12

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: xi, 100 p.
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English
ISBN: 9241546719
WHO reference number: WM 30 2005ME-1



A mental health information system is a system for collecting and applying information about a mental health service and the mental health needs of the population it serves. The module begins with a discussion of what information should be collected and how this information can be used. Based on the experiences of several countries in developing health information systems, the module articulates a number of broad principles that a country should adhere to in the development of a mental health information system. It then lays out a step-by-step approach to designing, establishing and evaluating such a system. Information systems are essential for both long-term national mental health planning and service delivery at community and individual levels.

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.