Mental Health


Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. It is related to the promotion of overall health, the prevention of disease, and the treatment and rehabilitation of people negatively affected by illness.

Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, on World Mental Health Day 2015

Fact sheet on suicide

Fact sheet on Mental health: strengthening our response

Sexual and intimate partner violence affects millions in Africa

Sexual and intimate partner violence affects millions in AfricaBrazzaville, 5 January 2015 -- In the African Region, one in five girls have been sexually abused during childhood, with estimates from some countries placing that proportion closer to one in three. This startling statistic is highlighted in the newly released Global status report on violence prevention 2014.
The report – the first of its kind – features data collected from 27 countries in the African Region and around the world. It highlights some of the key strategies for preventing sexual and intimate partner violence by promoting gender equity, creating a climate of non-tolerance for violence, and starting prevention efforts at a young age.