Mental health

Advocacy for mental health

WHO mental health policy and service guidance package - module 7

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: vii, 54 p.
Publication date: 2003
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Greek
ISBN: ISBN 9241545909
WHO reference number: WM 30 2003ME V7



Mental health advocacy is a relatively new concept, developed with a view to reducing stigma and discrimination, and promoting the human rights of people with mental disorders. It consists of various actions aimed at changing the major structural and attitudinal barriers to achieving positive mental health outcomes in populations. This module draws attention to the importance of advocacy in mental health policy and service development. The roles of various mental health groups in advocacy are outlined. Practical steps are then recommended, indicating how ministries of health can support advocacy.

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.