Who We Are

About us

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.

Our mission

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.


  • To heighten public awareness about the importance of mental health, and to gain understanding and improve attitudes about mental disorders.
  • To promote mental health and prevent mental disorders.
  • To improve the care, treatment and recovery of people with mental disorders.

Tsuyoshi Akiyama

Tsuyoshi Akiyama
President of WFMH

Our History

Founded in 1948

The Federation began with members, 'not of individuals or countries, but of societies' from 46 countries. Today, with members and contacts in over 90 countries, the founding principles of the WFMH still hold true. Read full history

Our Strategy

The board has adopted a set of principles and strategic objectives to guide the Federation's work. Read more.

Annual Reports

Full transparency

Our annual report highlights our progress and activities as well as financial key figures. Read the 2016 annual report. Click to see more annual reports.