Mental Health Status of Adolescents in South-East Asia: Evidence for Action

This publication provides evidence from nationally representative school health surveys, implemented as part of the Global School-based Student Health Survey Initiative, on prevalence of self-reported suicidal behaviours and other warning signs of mental health problems.

WHO announces poster competition on ‘depression’

World Health Organization has announced a poster making competition on the topic “depression” for youth from the 11 member countries of South-East Asia Region. Participants are required to design a poster and one-line message on how we can prevent/overcome depression and promote positive mental health.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help. To draw attention to the need to address depression, WHO launched a global campaign ‘Depression: let’s talk’ on the World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2016. Depression is also the topic for the World Health Day 2017. Please note, the last date for submission of entries is Wednesday, 26 October 2016. More details on the link below.

Mental health care in India: restoring hope and dignity

On the World Mental Health Day, WHO calls for dignity in mental health. Dignity in mental health means steps are taken to safeguard the well-being of people with mental health conditions, thus liberating them from the shackles of self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.

World Mental Health Day 2015

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit activities are targeted towards promotion of mental health and mental well-being and prevention of mental, neurological and substance use disorders. Given the spectrum of predisposing factors related to mental health conditions and at the backdrop of low prioritization and limited resource allocation, it became important to prioritize the mental health conditions to be addressed in the Region.


Dr Nazneen Anwar
Regional Adviser, Mental Health
WHO Regional Office for South- East Asia
New Delhi 110002, India
Phone: 91-11-23370804 (Ext. 26572)
Email: anwarna@who.int