The Mental Health Worldwide group supports the incredible energy, effort and dedication of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mental Health, to improve mental health for all persons especially those that have experienced mental health disabilities. When possible, our group works in collaboration with the WHO, Mental Health, in advocacy activities and events.

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WHO Report: Mental Health And Development; Released Sept 16/10
Dear colleagues
I am pleased to share with you the WHO Report on Mental Health and Development: Targeting People with Mental Health Conditions as a Vulnerable Group as well as other key resources.
The WHO report demonstrates that people with mental health conditions are vulnerable – not because of any inherent weakness, but as a result of the way they are treated by society.  It illustrates how people are not only missed by development programmes, but can be actively excluded from these programmes, this despite the fact that an explicit goal of development is to reach the most vulnerable. It also presents a number of evidence-based strategies which are known to improve development outcomes for persons with mental health conditions and all vulnerable groups. The WHO report is a call to action to all development stakeholders – multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, global partnerships, private foundations, academic and research institutions, governments and civil society – to focus their attention on mental health. By investing in people with mental health conditions, development outcomes can be improved.
To access the report and following key resources, please visit
1. The WHO Report on Mental Health and Development  
2. The video for the launch of the WHO Report 
3. The video for the panel discussion on mental health and development
4. Other useful resource materials including the press release and policy briefs on mental health and development
WHO gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Spain for the production of this report. The report was also produced as part of a research programme consortium entitled the Mental Health and Poverty Project, funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development.
Yours sincerely
Michelle Funk
Dr Michelle Funk
Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development (MHP)
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, 
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Genève 27
Tel: +41-22 791 3855

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