Dr. Roberto Mezzina

Joint Scientific Committee Vice-Chairs

Joint Scientific Committee Vice-Chair

Psychiatrist . Regional VP Europe . WFMH.


Roberto MEZZINA, psychiatrist, is currently the Director of the International School “Franca and Franco Basaglia – The Practice of Freedom”; he has been Director of the Department of Mental Health in Trieste, Italy from 2012 to 2019. He contributed from 1978 to the experience in Trieste, which inspired the Italian Mental Health Reform Law of 1978, with the closure of the psychiatric hospital and the creation of a network of totally alternative community based network of services. From 2009 he was the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training, Trieste, which aimed to support community-based services and reform policies worldwide (UK, Denmark, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, France, Palestine among others). He is Chair of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network. He has been invited as teacher, keynote speaker and expert in hundreds of conferences and courses hold by Scientific Institutes, Universities, Mental Health Services in Italy, Europe and overseas. Prized by Zero Project at UN in Vienna, 2014, and as European Personality of the Year Award by Gamian Europe in 2017. Recently he has been nominated as VicePresident of the World Federation for Mental Health for Europe.