Mental health

Latest publications

mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG)


This guide contains first-line management recommendations for mental, neurological and substance use conditions for non-specialist health-care providers. It is a simple, practical tool to support general health facilities in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies.

Thinking healthy

This manual outlines an evidence-based approach describing how community health workers can reduce prenatal depression through evidence-based cognitive-behavioural techniques recommended by the mhGAP programme.

Psychological First Aid for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak


This guide focuses on psychological first aid, which involves humane, supportive and practical help to follow human beings suffering serious crisis events.

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Mental health publications can be downloaded from the links below or ordered from the WHO bookshop. If you encounter difficulties in downloading any of these documents please contact us at mhgap-info@who.int.

Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

The action plan recognizes the essential role of mental health in achieving health for all people. It aims to achieve equity through universal health coverage and stresses the importance of prevention.

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