Mental health

Prevention of mental disorders

Effective interventions and policy options

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 68
Publication date: 2004
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish
ISBN: ISBN 92 4 159215 X



Mental disorders are inextricably linked to human rights issues. The stigma, discrimination and human rights violations that individuals and families affected by mental disorders suffer are intense and pervasive. At least in part, these phenomena are consequences of a general perception that no effective preventive or treatment modalities exist against these disorders. Effective prevention can do a lot to alter these perceptions and hence change the way mental disorders are looked upon by society.