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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World Health Day: open dialogue about depression is needed to raise awareness, build understanding and reduce stigma

World Health Day 2017 focuses on depression – a leading cause of disability globally. Despite being very common and affecting anyone at any stage of life, depression is still vastly under-recognized and undertreated; there is, consequently, a need to open up dialogue and tackle the stigma associated with this highly disabling condition.

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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.


Life in the institution