World Federation for Mental Health
The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. Members include mental health service providers and service users. In 2009, the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, an international network of families of people with serious mental illness, merged with the World Federation. The World Federation has close ties with the World Health Organization. The first Director General of the WHO, George Chisholm, who was a psychiatrist, was one of the leaders in forming the federation with the goal of creating a representative organization that could consult with the UN on mental health issues.
The mission of the World Federation for Mental Health is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best practice recovery focused interventions worldwide.
- John Rawlings Rees - First president
- Frank Fremont-Smith - Second president
- Helmuth Ehrhardt - Executive board member
- Werner Villinger - German psychiatrist, educating the public
- Margaret Mead - President 1956–1957
- Brock Chisholm - President 1957–1958
- Tsung-yi Lin - Honorary president
- 2013 Social Inclusion through Interdisciplinary Interventions, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2011 African Footprint in Global Mental Health, Cape Town, South Africa
- 2008 Prevention and Promotion Conference, Australia
- 2009 World Congress of the WFMH, Greece
- World Federation for Mental Health - Official website
- Brody EB (February 2004). "The World Federation for Mental Health: its origins and contemporary relevance to WHO and WPA policies". World Psychiatry 3 (1): 54–5. PMC 1414666. PMID 16633456.
- World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders - 'Information for families caring for people with mental illness'
- - World Health Organization, Mental Health, Home Page
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