The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has identified mental health for accelerated implementation of the 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13), covering 2019-2025. Mental health is high on the global health agenda following COVID-19, increased conflicts and climate emergencies, and growing economic uncertainties. The time to act is now.
The foundation of the Special Initiative for Mental Health is to work in partnership with Member States, local, and international partners, as well as organisations of people with lived experience. It aligns fully with global mental health mandates and recommendations, contributes to WHOs GPW13 triple billion targets and universal health coverage agenda, including to leave no one behind. In doing so, WHOs Special Initiative for Mental Health contributes, directly and indirectly, to multiple Sustainable Development Goals.
Annual updates about country specific achievements are posted to the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health webpage.