Atlas: Child and Adolescent mental health resources
Mounting evidence suggests that antecedents of adult mental disorders can be detected in children and adolescents. The development of policies and programmes for child and adolescent mental health have lagged those for adult mental disorders. The reasons for the lag are many, including widespread lack of knowledge about child development and childhood mental disorders, relatively weak advocacy, lack of training and in many parts of the world, absent financial and professional resources for programme development and implementation.
The World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, has supported the development of the Atlas project. The project provides systematic information on country resources for mental health programme development including policy availability, professional resources and mechanisms for financing services.
The work on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Atlas was carried out by WHO in close collaboration with the WPA Presidential Global Programme on Child Mental Health and with the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP).