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.More on mental health in the WHO European Region
Top storyLiving a healthy life with schizophrenia
Mental disorders affect more than a third of the population in the European Region every year, and around 1–2% of these people are diagnosed with psychotic disorders. World Mental Health Day is observed every year on 10 October, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.
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Key policyThe European Mental Health Action Plan
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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.
Life in the institution