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.

More on mental health in the WHO 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.


Life in the institution