Mental health and substance abuse

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide

Join us, on 10 October, in "40 seconds of action" to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it. Click on the flyer below to find out how you can take part in World Mental Health Day 2019 and beyond.

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Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide


WHO QualityRights toolkit now available in Arabic

The WHO QualityRights project The WHO QualityRights project aims to improve the quality and human rights conditions in inpatient and outpatient mental health and social care facilities and empower organizations to...

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Leadership in Mental Health Course

28 October 2015 -- The WHO Regional Office, the American University in Cairo and the Christian Blind Mission delivered the first-ever regional leadership course to scale up action on mental...

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14 July 2015 | Geneva - Worldwide, nearly 1 in 10 people have a mental health disorder, but only 1% of the global health workforce is working in mental health....

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In focus

Pakistan marks World Mental Health Day with Presidential initiative

On World Mental Health Day 2019, celebrated every year on 10 October, the Government of Pakistan launched a Presidential initiative to improve mental health at national level. The initiative will...

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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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Statistics and figures

In the Eastern Mediterranean Region:

Mental and neurological disorders are responsible for 12% of all disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost due to disease and injury

Mental health disorders account for 27% of years lived with disability

Drug abuse is responsible for a loss of 4 DALYs per 1000 population

Drug abuse is responsible for 9 deaths per 100 000 population

The overall adult (+15) per capita consumption per year of alcohol is low (0.65L as compared to the global average of 6.13L)