World Federation for Mental Health
World Federation for Mental Health

The WFMH Events

The WFMH events include World Congresses, Regional Conferences, meetings and other events. The World Congresses are normally be held every two years which have themes and subjects of contemporary concern in the field of mental health. The World Congresses are open to members and other interested persons.

The World Congress of Mental Health 2017 will be organized in New Delhi, India.
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All WFMH World Congresses at a Glance

Initially, some conference of the World Federaion for Mental Health were held at intermittent intervals, until the Biennial World Congress series started. A special Congress was held in London in 1998 to mark the 50th Anniversary. 

In 1977 the formation series of WFMH Biennial World Congresses began:

Year Location Theme
1977 Vancouver, Canada Today's Priorities in Mental Health: Knowing and Doing
1979 Salzburg, Austria The Mental Health of Children and Families
1981 Manila, Philippines Mental Health, Cultural Values and Social Development: A Look inot the '80's
1983 Washington, DC, USA Personal and Social Responsibility in the Search for Mental Health: Collaboration between Volunteers, Professionals and Governments in the Formation of Mental Health Policy and the Delivery of Services.
1985 Brighton, England, UK Mental Halth 2000 A.D. (Sub-theme: Action Programs for a World Crisis
1987 Cairo, Egypt The Many Worlds of Mental Health
1989 Auckland, New Zealand Mental Health - Everone's Concern
1991 Mexico, DF, Mexico People and Science: Together for Mental Health
1993 Tokyo, Japan Mental Health: Toward te 21st Century
1995 Dublin, Ireland Time for REflection
1997 Lahti, Finland Cornerstones for Mental Health
1999 Santiago, Chile Interfaces in Mental Health: Poverty, Quality of Life and Society
2001 Vancouver, Canada REspecting Diversity in Mental Health in a Changing World
2003 Melbourne, Australia Parnerships in Health
2005 Cairo, Egypt Equity and Mental Health
2007 Hong Kong SAR, China East Meets West: Impact of Culture on Mental Health
2009 Athens, Greece Working Together for Mental Health
2011 Cape Town,South Africa  
2013 Buenos Aires, Argentina  
2015 Cairo, Egypt  
20174 New Delhi, India  

Congress at intermittent Intervals:


1948    London, England UK (founding meeting of the WFMH)

1951     Mexico, DF, Mexico

1954    Toronto, Canada

1961    Paris, Framce

1968    London, England, UK

1973     Sydney, Australia (25th Anniversary Congress) "Cultures in Collision"

1998    London, England, UK (50th Anniversary Symposium) "Partners for Mental Health:              Nations for Mental Health"

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