Meetings & Congresses

Initially, some conferences of the World Federation 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.

Congresses at intermittent intervals:

1948 London, England, UK (founding meeting of WFMH)
1951 Mexico, DF, Mexico
1954 Toronto, Canada
1961 Paris, France
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”

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

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 into the ’80s”
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 Health 2000 A.D.” [Sub-theme: Action Programs for a World in Crisis.]
1987 Cairo, Egypt “The Many Worlds of Mental Health”
1989 Auckland, New Zealand “Mental Health – Everyone’s Concern”
1991 Mexico, DF, Mexico “People and Science: Together for Mental Health”
1993 Tokyo, Japan “Mental Health: Toward the 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 “Partnerships 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 “An African Footprint in Mental Health”
2013 Buenos Aires, Argentina “Social Inclusion Through Interdisciplinary Interventions”