Mental health

In line with the European Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 and other guiding health and development frameworks for action, the mental health programme at WHO/Europe works with Member States and other partners to develop and implement national mental health policies and plans. The programme also provides guidance, tools and advocacy for the promotion of mental health and the development of prevention, treatment and recovery services across the life-course.

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Young people and mental health in a changing world – World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year to raise global awareness of mental health issues and to stimulate advocacy. This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day is “Young people and mental health in a changing world” – a vital concern given that approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experience mental and behavioural problems in any given year. Moreover, half of all mental health problems in adulthood have their onset during or before adolescence.

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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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