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WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020

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WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020

On 27 May 2013, the World Health Organization adopted the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. Which has the potential to change the direction of mental health. In countries around the world over the next 8 years. This action plan and its accompanying resolution – the first in WHO history. Mark the official recognition of the importance of mental health to the 194 member states of the WHO.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a “state of well-being”. In which each person realizes his potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and contribute to it. Or its community.

WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020

The main part of the action plan has a focus:


“Mental health is valued, promoted and protected. Mental disorders are prevented and people with these disorders are able to exercise full human rights. And use high quality, culturally appropriate health and social care to promote recovery, achieve the highest levels of all health and community participation and working without stigma”.

The WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 has now been approved by the 66th World Health Assembly. Outcome of Extensive Global and Regional Consultations with Extensive Stakeholders in the Final Year of Action Plan: 135 Member States; 60 WHO CCs and other educational centers; 76 NGOs and 17 other shareholders and professionals. The four main objectives of the action plan are:

  • Strengthen effective leadership and governance for mental health.
  • Provide comprehensive and responsive mental health and social care services in community-based settings.
  • Implementing strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health.
  • To strengthen information systems, evidence and research on mental health.

The plan sets out important new directions for mental health. With a major role to play in the greater emphasis on community-based care and human rights. It introduces the concept of recovery. Moves away from the pure medical model and addresses income generation and educational opportunities, housing and social services and other social decision makers to ensure a holistic response to mental health.


Learn more about the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020

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