WHO MiNDbank: More Inclusiveness Needed in Disability and Development

A database of resources covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development

About this site

What is MiNDbank?

WHO MiNDbank is an online platform for the sharing of key resources related to mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development.

What does MiNDbank provide?

It provides easy access to a range of national level and international resources from across the globe including:

  • National mental health policies, strategies and laws
  • National disability related policies, strategies and laws
  • National general health policies, strategies and laws
  • National non communicable diseases policies and strategies
  • National alcohol and substance abuse policies, strategies and laws
  • National child and youth general, mental health, health, disability and substance abuse policies, strategies and laws
  • National older persons general, mental health, health, disability and substance abuse policies, strategies and laws
  • National mental health, general health, child/youth and older persons service standards
  • Evaluations of policies, strategies, laws and services for mental health, disability, general  health, substance abuse, child/youth and older persons
  • National constitutions, human rights and child rights laws
  • National poverty reduction and development strategies
  • International and regional human rights conventions and treaties
  • CRPD Member States reports, List of Issues, Shadow Reports and Concluding Observations
  • UN Special Rapporteurs reports
  • Key World Health Organization resources
  • UN and WHO resolutions

What does MiNDbank not include?

In order to ensure that the platform remains manageable in terms of its content, we have made a specific decision not to include reports, scientific or academic articles, clinical guidelines, statistical information, small evaluations, chapters from books or training guides.

What is the purpose of MiNDbank?

The MiNDbank platform is the only single point globally to access all comprehensive information related to to mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. It will:

  • Allow the sharing of key national resources and best practices across countries
  • Bring together the key areas of mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health and human rights to promote a holistic approach
  • Reduce fragmentation and duplication of information and efforts across and within countries
  • Facilitate advocacy
  • Promote research

What is MiNDbank's target audience?

WHO MiNDbank is useful for a wide range of audiences, including:

  • Mental health, disability and health policy makers and planners
  • Legislators and parliamentarians
  • Mental health, substance abuse, disability, health  and human rights advocates, NGOs and DPOs
  • International and regional human rights bodies and mechanisms, eg. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture
  • National bodies established under international human rights mechanisms, eg. National CRPD implementation and monitoring mechanisms, National Prevention Mechanisms
  • Academic centres and researchers
  • Health and mental health clinicians
  • Education and training centres

For Researchers and Academics

If WHO MiNDbank has been useful for your research work, please acknowledge it in your publications.

Suggested citation:  

World Health Organization. WHO MiNDbank: More Inclusiveness Needed in Disability and Development [Internet]. Geneva (Switzerland): World Health Organization; [cited year month day]. Available from: http://www.mindbank.info