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Mental Health Atlas 2014

WHO’s Mental Health Atlas series has already established itself as the single most comprehensive and most widely used source of global information on mental health situation. This new edition of Mental Health Atlas, carried out in 2014, assumes new importance as a repository of mental health information in WHO Member States because it is providing much of the baseline data against which progress towards the objectives and targets of the Comprehensive Mental Health
Action Plan 2013-2020 is to be measured. The Action Plan contains four objectives:

(1) To strengthen effective leadership and governancefor mental health
(2) To provide comprehensive, integrated and responsivemental health and social care services in community-based settings
(3) To implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health
(4) To strengthen information systems, evidence and research for mental health

Global targets have been established for each of these objectives to measure collective action and achievement by Member States towards the overall goal of the Action Plan. Atlas is the mechanism through which indicators in relation to agreed global targets, as well as a set of other core mental health indicators, are being collected. In collecting this information, the mental health Atlas 2014 questionnaire covers critical areas of mental health system development, including governance and financing, human resources, service availability and delivery, promotion and prevention, and surveillance.

Subsequent to this baseline data collection in 2014, a Mental Health Atlas survey will be sent to country focal points periodically, so that progress towards meeting the targets of the Action Plan can be measured over time.