GMH-Action Plan: Update from the WHO-Executive Board meetings, 22 January 2013

22 January 2013


Dear GMH colleagues,


I was at the WHO Executive Board meetings today and want to report that there was tremendous support for the GMH Action Plan 2013-2020, discussed this morning for about 90 minutes. There were no major objections but rather sincere appreciation for the efforts of the WHO Secretariat ,WHO-MH, civil society, NGOs, and member c=states for the ongoing cooperative efforts to get GMH to this point.  The next step will be to "tweak" a few items (targets and criteria for example) although nothing major regarding the vision, goal, objectives, cross-cutting themes, etc.  The Action Plan will then go the the World Health Assembly in May 2013 for discussion/debate and hopefully approval.

In addition to the 25 countries that made supportive statements and some recommendations, the WFMH rounded off the comments with a helpful statement from the floor (about the Great Push, the survey done that harmonizes well with the Action Plan, the relevance for mental health in a special UN GA assembly and for the next version of the MDGs (sustainable development goals 2015).  

The zero draft of the Action Plan gives the overall Vision and Goal:


**Vision: A world in which mental health is valued, mental disorders are effectively prevented, and in which persons affected by these disorders are able to access evidence-based health and social care and exercise the full range of human rights to attain the highest possible level of health and functioning free from stigma and discrimination.

**Goal: To promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, and reduce the mortality and disability for persons with mental disorders.

For more information on the Action Plan:

Also see these two updates: 

New Action Plan Could be a Turning Point in GMH (GlobalPost,  28 Janaury 2013)


Highlights by WHO of the comments from the Executive Board meeting (January 2013)


Warm greetings,



Dr. Kelly O'Donnell

MHPS Working Group, NGO Forum for Health


Global Mental Health

**A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (article: July 2011)

**Finding Your Niches and Networks (article: March 2012)

**A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain (article: July 2012)

**GMH-Map: A Global Map for a Global Movement (website


Publication source: 
GMH-Map website
Publication date: 
22 January 2013