The theme of World Health Day, April 7th 2001, was to raise awareness, increase knowledge and change attitudes about mental health issues among the general public. The Day's events sought to challenge health providers and policy makers to improve services as well as ensure access to and equity in care. In addition, the Day was used to dismantle taboos and misconceptions which have been generally accepted for too long.
155 countries responded positively and actions were carried forward with enormous enthusiasm both by governments and communities. This document describes a number of contributions made on World Health Day. It is hoped that this document will inspire further enhancement of mental health services and sustained commitment to rendering such services accessible to all.