WHO 2005 (Revised)
Project Atlas was launched by WHO in 2000 in an attempt to map mental health resources in the world. These data are needed at the country level to assess the current situation and to assist in developing plans and at the regional and global levels to develop an aggregate picture of the available mental health resources and the overall needs. The project thus responds to WHO’s objectives as set out in the World Health Report 2001 (WHO, 2001) and in recent resolutions from the governing bodies of WHO on mental health (EB109.R8 on strengthening mental health and its affirmation by WHA55.10).
The analyses of the global and regional data collected in 2001 were compiled and presented in the publication – Atlas: Mental Health Resources in the World (WHO, 2001b); and individual country profiles and some further analyses were presented in Atlas: Country Profiles on Mental Health Resources in the World, 2001. Mental Health Atlas-2005 is the second set of publications from the project, and it presents aggregate results as well as individual country profiles on mental health.
This edition includes updated and revised information on themes published in Atlas 2001. Atlas 2005 also includes information on new Member States (Timor-Leste) and more Associate Member States, Areas and Territories (e.g. West Bank and Gaza Strip). The general information section has been strengthened considerably, particularly through inclusion of a subsection on epidemiology. And the qualitative information in the country profiles, particularly for low- and middle income countries is much enriched, as a result of a systematic search on mental health services. This has also led to highlighting issues particularly relevant to these countries, e.g. the issue of migration of trained manpower to high-income countries.