Mental health

Mental ill health accounts for almost 20% of the burden of disease in the WHO European Region and mental health problems affect one in four people at some time in life. Six out of the 20 countries with the highest suicide rates in the world are in the European Region.

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World Mental Health Day – focus on depression

This year, World Mental Health Day will also mark the launch of WHO’s campaign for World Health Day 2017, the theme of which is “Depression: let’s talk”. Although depression is treatable, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. The high personal, social and economic costs of depression underscore the importance of overcoming this challenge.

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9 out of 10 countries

The number of countries with the highest rates of suicide in the world are in the European Region.


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Personal stories

“I think that until a person experiences some kind of disability, they hardly know their inner, hidden qualities“.

Some users and ex-users of mental health services in the WHO European Region agreed to share their personal experiences.

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