What we are aiming to achieve

This website is for all UN personnel as we are committed to increasing the effectiveness of the United Nations by optimizing the mental health and well-being of its staff. We are aiming for a workplace culture that enhances the mental health of all staff and supports those that experience poor mental health.

Video: What is the UN doing for Mental health?

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Watch UN system workplace mental health and wellbeing strategy recorded events

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions about the UN-wide Health Survey 2021 (English | French | Spanish)


As part of October 2020’s World Mental Health Month at the United Nations, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team made a call for poems written by UN Personnel about mental health. “Sauti” is a compilation of poems received from around the World, to help raise awareness about mental health.

Read the eBook online or download a copy. You may also check out the video recording of the book launch event.

About Mental Health and Mental Health Conditions

There are often misconceptions when we talk about mental health and mental health conditions. This section will help you understand mental health and the different types of mental health conditions. It also encourages us to explore our biases and perspective in the language we use to describe mental health conditions.

Looking after others and yourself

We can all play a role in improving mental health and wellbeing within the UN System, whether it be supporting a colleague, taking steps to look after our own mental health, and making changes to our working environment so that it supports good mental health for all.
It is not your job to diagnose yourself or someone else. If you are concerned about yourself or a colleague, professional assistance is recommended.

Video: Mental Health and Wellbeing for UN personnel

Information for leaders and managers

Leaders and managers play an essential role in ensuring that the UN System supports good mental health. This includes implementing the UN System Workplace Mental Health Strategy, creating a positive work environment and supporting personnel who are experiencing a mental health condition. Click the links below to find out why it is important, and actions you can take.

Lead & Learn: Mental health and well-being for managers and leaders

Factsheet 1: Why is mental health and well-being important?
Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish

Factsheet 2: How can you improve mental health and well-being?
Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish

Factsheet 3: Thriving as manager and leader
Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish

Podcast Episode 1: WHY it is important and HOW you can improve it (available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian)

Podcast Episode 2: What can help you thrive?

Video: Mental Health for Managers and Leaders

UN System Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The UN System Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy underpins and guides all of the work we are doing in this area. It is governed by an Implementation Board which is multiagency and multidisciplinary.

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United Nations Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

“Let us all be part of a healthier workforce as we work for a better world for all.”

António Guterres United Nations Secretary-General