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Mental health action plan 2013-2020

In May 2012, the 65th World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA65.4 on the global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive and coordinated response of the countries’ health and social sectors. In it, a request was made to the Director-General to, among other things, consult with the Member States to prepare a comprehensive mental health action plan that covers services, policies, laws, plans, strategies, and programs.

This comprehensive action plan was developed through collaboration with the Member States, civil society, and international associates. It has a comprehensive and cross-sectional focus, with coordination of the health and social sectors services, and pays special attention to promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, attention, and recovery.  Likewise, it sets clear actions for the Member States, the Secretariat, and associates on an international, regional, and national level, and proposes indicators and key goals that can be used to evaluate the application, progress, and impact. The core of the action plan is the universally acknowledged principle that “there is no health without mental health”.


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The WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health Services of the Department of Psychiatry of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, cooperates with the WHO for promoting activities related to research and mental health training. The centre is currently involved in several national and international mental health training and research activities.



WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health Services contact details

Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine,
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
C/ Arzobispo Morcillo 4,
28029 Madrid, Spain

Phone:  +34 91 497 46 01
Secretary phone:  +34 91 497 54 48

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