The World Federation for Mental Health envisions a world in which mental health is a priority for all people. Public policies and programs reflect the
crucial importance of mental health in the lives of individuals.
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.
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
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
- Support member organizations to facilitate advocacy and change, and to encourage interaction, networking and mutual
support on a global level
§ Strengthen and enhance WFMH’s global advocacy network and its recognition as the only international networking organization for mental health
professional, consumer/caregiver, and advocacy organizations and interested individuals
§ Identify and analyze major overarching issues within the international mental health sector that are not being adequately addressed, and design, fund and
implement strategic initiatives to raise such issues to a higher level of public awareness, policy attention, and systems change
§ Design, fund, establish and maintain within the WFMH Secretariat staffed programs to provide concentrated leadership in such primary mission areas as
promotion and prevention, mental health advocacy training and human rights, international constituency development, mental health of refugees, global mental health education/awareness, reduction of
stigma and discrimination
§ Streamline and modernize the Federation’s organizational governance structure, procedures for electing its governing body, regional structure and
representation, policies and procedures, and branding/identity package in order to better support its revised vision, mission, goals and strategic objectives
- Design, sanction, and implement comprehensive resource generation and
membership development plans and strategies to adequately support the organization’s vision, mission, goals and to achieve its strategic objectives.
Adopted September 2004 by the WFMH Board of Directors
WORLD FEDERATION OF