Mental health

Mental health is everyone’s business; it affects the lives of people living with mental problems, their careers, and the productivity of society as a whole. The mental health programme at WHO/Europe works with Member States and other partners to develop and implement national mental health policies and plans that reflect the WHO vision of “no health without mental health”.

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New WHO guidelines promote healthy lifestyle to reduce risk of dementia

“Unfortunately, many people with dementia are diagnosed too late, and treatment options are then less effective. Since dementia remains a condition without a cure, early detection, treatment, care and support are key in terms of an effective public health response. Risk reduction strategies, such as pursuing a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and by not smoking, are also very important.”

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Life in the institution


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Improving mental health through integration with NCD management and prevention

Data and statistics on mental health

Personal stories

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

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

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Data and statistics

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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