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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Improving the lives of people with dementia and old-age depression

In a bid to improve the lives of people suffering from dementia and old-age depression, local authorities in parts of the WHO European Region have begun combining public health and various social services to better support the active and healthy ageing of their senior communities. On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September, we highlight an initiative in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.


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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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