An outstanding message of hope: the WHO World Mental Health Report 2022

Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2022 Jul 14:31:e53. doi: 10.1017/S2045796022000373.


The new WHO World Health Report on Mental Health includes a comprehensive and updated assessment of the current mental health situation at the global level, a critical and well-documented reflexion on the progresses achieved and the failures registered in global mental health, and an indication of the paths and strategies that should be prioritised to ensure the transformations that are urgently needed. The report offers significant enrichments on different areas like social determinants, premature mortality of persons suffering from mental disability, the negative aspects of the persistence of inpatient institutions, the role of people with lived experience as important agents of change, the importance of child and adolescent mental health. The present Editorial stresses the importance of Deinstitutionalisation as a cross-cutting element of all health policy, plans, budgeting and service organisation and draws attention to the fact that the ubiquitous persistence of large psychiatric institutions is a clear indicator that reality is far from declarations despite the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

Keywords: Mental health; community mental health; ethics; psychiatric hospital.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Mental Health
  • World Health Organization