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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Country-by-country profiles on national health situation relaunched

The first in a series of publications providing in-depth analyses of the health situation in Member States has been launched, focusing in its first edition on Greece. Written in collaboration with ministries of health, the new series is based on Health 2020 indicators and provides insights into performance against Health 2020 targets and into implementation. Reports on Slovenia and the Republic of Moldova are forthcoming.

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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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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