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A group of refugees carrying possessions and sacks of food on their heads Mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders are universal. These disorders affect about one in every 10 people at any given time. About 25% of families have a family member with a mental disorder. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, these disorders are responsible for 12.1% of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost due to disease and injury.

The mental health and substance abuse programme provides evidence-based technical support to countries for mental health and substance abuse policies, strategies, legislation and service development, in addition to mental health and psychosocial support for countries in emergencies.

A regional mental health strategy has been developed to promote mental health and prevent and manage mental, neurological and substance use disorders, with respect for human rights and social protection. The principles and aims of the regional strategy are aligned with the recommendations of the World Mental Health Report 2001 and the global mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) of WHO.

News

Training workshop on mhGAP intervention guide in Somalia

The assessments carried out on mental health systems using the WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (AIMS) and ATLAS questionnaires from 2005 onwards identified gaps in all domains –...

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WHO has released the QualityRights Tool Kit, which supports countries in their assessment and improvement of the quality and human rights of their mental health and social care facilities. The...

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11 April, 2012 – WHO, in collaboration with stakeholders, including professional and civil society organizations, such as Alzheimer’s Disease International, officially launched a report “Dementia: a public health priority”, in April 2012. During the...

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In focus

Investing in mental health would spare humanity a heavy toll both socially and economically. Nevertheless, an enormous gap still exists between the need for treatment of mental disorders and the...

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Events

Improving quality and human rights in mental health: a training of trainer’s workshop on WHO QualityRights Toolkit, 12–14 December 2012

All over the world, people with mental and intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders are subject to poor quality care and violations to their basic rights. These conditions are also...

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World Mental Health Day, 10 October

World Mental Health Day, 10 October, provides an opportunity to reflect on and discuss prevention, protection and treatment strategies and plans for mental disorders. The theme of the Day this...

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