World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH) calls for Nomination of 2021- 2023 Board of Directors

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Dr Gabriel Ivbijaro, the Secretary General of World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH) calls for candidates to be considered for nomination and election as Directors to the 2021- n2023 WFMH Board of Directors.

An official representative of a WFMH Voting Member Organization, An official representative of a WFMH Affiliate Member Organization, An Individual, Life Member of WFMH are eligible for nominating.

The WFMH Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24 members who will be chosen by the Voting Member Organizations for a two-year term. Each of the seven (7) WFMH regions will preferably have at least one (1) person on the Board.

The Application must be submitted within 13 June with a 1000 words Personal Statement. The Nominating Committee Process and Handbook 2021-2023 is available on the WFMH website.


WFMH is an international membership organization that was created in 1948 to promote mental health among all peoples and nations by preventing mental and emotional illnesses, providing effective treatment and care for those who have them, and promoting mental health. The situation of the world today is a continual source of anxiety and, at times, an impossible problem. One individual or group cannot do it all, but they think that when they work together, the strength of unity will give them an advantage and change will occur.

Collaboration between governments and non-governmental organizations is feasible because of the WFMH’s long-standing reputation across the world, as well as its large and diversified membership. Government agencies and organizations with a larger, broader membership base can assist bridge the gap between mental illness and the physical, environmental, and human catastrophes we continue to experience.

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WFMH’s Principles

  1. Adults and children in all communities shall be made aware of the importance of mental health, and of the recognition and response to treatment of mental illness and disability.
  2. Families and Caregivers, and Mental Health Service Users/Consumers, will participate in all the health and social service departments and committees of member countries.
  3. Local services for mental illness and disability shall be given equal consideration for resource allocation to those of physical illness in every country.
  4. Mental illness and disability shall be equally represented with physical illness in the proceedings and resolutions of the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, and through them of governments.
  5. Human rights abuse, malpractice or discrimination, or bad living or working conditions for users/consumers and those who care for them, including professional and voluntary workers shall be widely reported and governments held accountable.
  6. There will be mental health associations in all countries to advocate for improvements in mental health, better provision of services for those with mental illness and disability, and to provide voluntary services.
  7. There will be a fair distribution of medicines and other forms of therapy.
  8. There will be an efficient means of communicating and disseminating policy, educational, technological and scientific information on mental health from those who have it to those who do not.
  9. There will be an effective program for encouraging advocacy and research in the prevention of mental illness and disability and in the promotion of mental health.
  10. There will be no race, age, gender, religious or cultural discrimination in the provision of mental health services.

Adopted by the Board of Directors, August 2007

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The WFMH’s sections deal with all topics of interest in the field of mental health and are created by members. The objectives of the sections are to:

  1. Promote study, research, training and advances in a specific subject area in the field of global mental health.
  2. Establish exchanges with other national and international organizations that share the objectives of the WFMH in regard to each section’s subject area.
  3. Organize scientific meetings about topics of interest relevant to each Section.
  4. Organize symposiums, workshops, and other scientific activities, having to do with the Section’s subject area, at the World Congresses of the WFMH and its regional conferences.
  5. Develop educational programs and compose guides and publications.
  6. Develop proposals for adoption as consensus statements and make known the WFMH’s position on the issue that is the concern of the Section.
  7. Hold intra-sectional activities and meetings to promote interdisciplinary relationships and connections between different areas in the field of mental health.

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