Media Release Social Justice for People with Mental Illness

A third of UN member states don’t permit people with mental illness the right to vote or marry
WPA reveals global extent of social discrimination against people with mental health problems and urges urgent action in ‘Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness’

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Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

The final version of the new Charter on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action is available on the Internet:

The Charter was drawn up by some 70 organizations and agencies before the UN’s first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23/24 May 2016), to draw attention to the need to include people with disabilities in responses to humanitarian emergencies.  Their special requirements are often overlooked.

The Charter asks providers of humanitarian assistance in emergencies to be fully inclusive of people with disabilities in their policies, planning and services.  They should alert their staff members to the diverse needs of persons with disabilities, and include them or their organizations’ representatives in decision-making and planning.

The Charter is not a legally binding document and does not affect current obligations, but it is an important new statement of principles.  Its website includes an easy way for governments and organizations to endorse its provisions.

WFMH's President, Gabriel Ivbijaro, is invited to become a contributor to the Huffington Post; Click the logo for his first contributions

Message from the President
It gives me great pleasure to provide you with an update on a number of WFMH current initiatives and I would like to seize this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that has contributed to all these positive developments. Your continued support and volunteering mean a lot to global mental health.

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Founded in 1948, the mission of our international organization includes:

  • The prevention of mental and emotional disorders;
  • The proper treatment and care of those with such disorders;
  • And the promotion of mental health.

The Federation, through its members and contacts in many countries, has responded to international mental health crises through its role as the only worldwide grassroots advocacy and public education organization in the mental health field.

Its organizational and individual membership includes mental health workers of all disciplines, consumers of mental health services, family members, and concerned citizens.

WFMH’s broad and diverse membership makes possible collaboration among governments and non-governmental organizations to advance the cause of mental health services, research, and policy advocacy worldwide.



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