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. Nine of the ten countries with the highest rates of suicide in the world are in the European Region. WHO/Europe pursues four priorities for mental health including high-quality information, empowering service users and carers, developing services, and improving the state of social care homes in Europe.

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Mental health and older adults

Mental disorders affect more than a third of the population in the WHO European Region every year.

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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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