Mental health and development: targeting people with mental health conditions as a vulnerable group

World Health Organization
Publication date: 
1 January 2010
The new WHO report on mental health and development is a call to action to all development stakeholders - governments, civil society, multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, global partnerships, private foundations, academic and research institutions - to focus their attention on mental health. The report presents compelling evidence that persons with mental and psychosocial disabilities are a vulnerable group but continue to be marginalized in terms of development aid and government attention. It makes the case for reaching out to this group through the design and implementation of appropriate policies and programmes and through the inclusion of mental health interventions into broader poverty reduction and development strategies. The report also describes a number of key interventions which can provide a starting point for these efforts. By investing in persons with mental and psychosocial disabilities, development outcomes can be improved. Development stakeholders who would like to integrate mental health into their agendas, policies and programmes are encouraged to contact Dr Michelle Funk, Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development