mental health

Promoting ‘a healthy sustainable future’, the UN health agency engages young and young at heart to 'Walk the Talk'

Celebrating the importance of fitness, on Sunday morning in the Swiss city of Geneva, the United Nations health agency kicked off its second “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge”.

UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year

Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said on Tuesday.

Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs

Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London.

On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress

Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental healthcare available to everyone who needs it – with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in psychological distress after a crisis.

Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report

Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, according to a new study led by the United Nations health agency.

New UN guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies

Two United Nations agencies today issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks and armed conflicts.

On World Mental Health Day, Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia

Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring “a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for people living with the mental health disorder.

UN agencies release new guidelines on mental health care for trauma and loss

The United Nations health and refugee agencies today released new guidelines and clinical protocols on mental health care for adults and children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and bereavement.

UN launches new tool to help stop abuse of people with mental health conditions

The United Nations health agency today launched a new tool to help countries protect the rights and dignity of people with mental health conditions and stop abuses against them.

Ban calls for end to discrimination and scaled-up treatment for mental disorders

Days after the United Nations issued new guidelines to facilitate treatment of depression, alcohol abuse, epilepsy and other common mental disorders, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world governments to step up to the plate and deliver the necessary services.