Mental health

A focus on women

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 69
Publication date: 1997
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/MSA/NAM/97.4



This document describes the background, rationale and implementation procedures for a range of potential demonstration projects addressing women’s mental health.

The mental health problems targeted include depression, anxiety and, more generally, psychological distress, sexual violence, domestic violence and escalating rates of substance abuse. The purpose of the document is to stimulate discussion and action in the areas of treatment, prevention and promotion through the development, implementation and evaluation of projects involving: policies and legislation, primary care, worksites, the criminal justice system, community services and supports, grassroots activities and use of the media.