Welcome messages - Congress Presidents
I’m delighted to welcome you to the 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health in London. It was in August 1948 that the WFMH held the first International Congress on Mental Health in London. Today we meet seventy-four years later in the same historical Central Hall Westminster with the common aim of continuing the journey of making mental health a global priority.
The 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, held in collaboration with the World Dignity Project, will reaffirm the founding principles and values of WFMH and bring together experts with lived experience, carers and family members, mental health professionals from all fields, academics and policy makers. This unique gathering of advocates offers the ground for genuine discussions of evidence-based policies for all involved.
The COVID19 experience has highlighted the value of mental health support in our communities. It is with a sense of relief that after the past two years of lockdown we can finally meet face to face at the 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health that takes place on:
Tuesday 28th June to Friday 1st July 2022
Central Hall Westminster, London, UK
As travel restrictions in the UK have been modified from 11 January 2022 many people will be able to travel to the UK. I look forward to seeing you in London. We promise a rich programme and exciting debates.
Dr. Nasser Loza
Joint Congress President
Dear Colleagues, Guests and Friends,
I would like to welcome you to the 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, taking place in collaboration with the World Dignity Project here in London, at Central Hall Westminster.
The theme of this congress, Mental Health – A Global Priority reminds us of the need to continue to keep mental health at the centre of health and social care.
The world continues to go through many crises as a result of man made and natural disasters. As someone who has devoted my professional life to improving the teaching of psychological skills to doctors of all kinds, and to improving the quality of services for those with severe mental illnesses I know that the need to invest in and promote mental health is more important now more than ever.
This congress has a lot to offer, whether you are a mental health professional, a policy maker or a member of the public. As Joint President of this congress I am personally inviting you to join us in London to make this event, Mental Health – A Global Priority, a platform for us to share our ideas and learn from each other.
The current pandemic has shown how psychologically ill-prepared our society has been, but lessons are being learned and we would like to invite you to share these.
London is a great city that has much to offer. It is a city of culture, history, openness and inclusivity. We are all looking forward to sharing ideas. Please come and enjoy your experience.
The Congress Committees are working hard to put together a memorable and interesting scientific and social programme that has something for everyone.
Please come to join as a participant, presenter, sponsor or partner. I look forward to seeing you all in London in June 2022.
Sir David Goldberg KBE
FMedSci, FRCP, FRCPsych
Professor Emeritus & Fellow, King’s College, London
Joint Congress President