Tag Archives: mental health

WHO Mental Health Atlas 2014

WHO Mental Health Atlas 2014 coverWorldwide, nearly 1 in 10 people have a mental health disorder, but only 1% of the global health workforce is working in mental health. This means, for example, that nearly half of the world’s population lives in a country where there is less than one psychiatrist per 100000 people. Huge inequalities in access to mental health services exist depending on where people live. On average globally, there is less than one mental health worker per 10 000 people, according to the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas 2014, released today. Continue reading

New guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

mhgap report cover pageWorldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. WHO estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency. Continue reading

WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma

A woman poses in front of a graffiti representing the sun on the occasion of the observance of the World Mental Health Day.    06 October 2008 Dili, Timor-LesteWHO is releasing new clinical protocols and guidelines to health-care workers for treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss. Mental disorders are common, disabling and usually untreated, and WHO’s “Mental Health Global Action Programme (mhGAP)” was developed in 2008 to scale-up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders with Continue reading