May 18, 2022

Reference: World Health Organization (WHO) Launches MiNDbank, A New Open Web Database for Mental Health Info

From the World Health Organization:

MiNDbank, a new WHO database goes online today, presenting a wealth of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being implemented in different countries. It also contains key international documents and information.


The database, established with support from a broad range of partners, allows visitors to tap into the health information of WHO Member States and other partners. Users can review policies, laws and strategies and search for best practices and success stories in the field of mental health.

“If a government, for example, wishes to develop a new mental health policy in line with international human rights standards it can – on the new platform – quickly get an overview about the policies of other countries and benefit from their experiences and an array of international guidance tools and resources,“ explains Nathalie Drew, WHO Technical Officer working on mental health and human rights. So far, already more than 160 countries are sharing key mental health information through the MiNDbank and updates will be provided on a regular basis.

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Mindbank includes easy and free access to the following resources:

  • National mental health policies, strategies and laws
  • National substance abuse policies, strategies and laws
  • National disability related policies, strategies and laws
  • National general health policies, strategies and laws
  • National constitutions, human rights and child rights laws
  • National poverty reduction and development strategies
  • Health and mental health service standards
  • International and regional human rights conventions and treaties
  • CRPD Member States reports, Shadow Reports and Concluding Observations
  • UN Special Rapporteurs reports
  • Key World Health Organization and United Nations reports
  • UN and WHO resolutions

Partner Organizations

WHO MiNDbank is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and:

  • CBM
  • Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam
  • The Chester M. Pierce, M.D. Division of Global Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital,
  • Harvard Medical School
  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Centre for Mental Health Law and
  • Policy, Indian Law Society (ILS)
  • Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA)
  • MindFreedom International
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