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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“We’re doctors but we’re also human”: helping Syrian health workers handle severe stress

“The medical staff were trying to encourage each other, so the patients knew their doctors were still standing,” says one doctor who worked at a bombarded hospital. Though he survived the experience and now lives in Turkey, he and many other health staff from northern Syria bear psychological scars.

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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.

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