Celebrating 75 Years of Mental Health Advocacy

The World Federation for Mental Health is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, provide proper treatment and care to those in need, and promote mental well-being among individuals and nations.

At WFMH, the core mission revolves around fostering a greater global understanding of mental health, working proactively to prevent the onset of mental disorders, and advocating for meaningful changes while championing recovery-oriented approaches. The organization aims to heighten public awareness about the significance of mental health, improve attitudes towards mental health disorders and promote mental well-being while intending to enhance the care, treatment and recovery of individuals.


History of WFMH

Founded in 1948, the World Federation for Mental Health began with members, ‘not of individuals or countries, but of societies’ from 46 countries. Today, with members and contacts in over 90 countries, the organization chronicles the emergence of a global movement, one that has tirelessly championed the cause of mental health awareness, shattered stereotypes around mental disorders, and kindled a beacon of hope for individuals worldwide. Let’s embark on a captivating voyage through time and unravel the historical roots of the WFMH!

Tracing the Voyage

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was first observed on October 10,1992 at the initiative of Richard C. Hunter, the then Deputy Secretary-General of the World Federation for Mental Health. Since then, it has been observed every year with the aim of raising awareness in the global community about critical mental health agendas through collaboration with various partners to take action and create lasting change. Over the years, this day has gained momentum, becoming a platform for governments, organisations, and individuals to develop initiatives that focus on various aspects of mental health care.

WFMH World Congress

The World Congress has been one of the biggest endeavours by the World Federation for Mental Health. It was first held in August 1948 in London. It is held every two years since then in different cities across the world. The Congress has traditionally aimed to provide a platform to bring together experts with lived experience, carers, mental health professionals and policy makers for discussions that help to envision a better world. Click on the button below to learn about the most recent World Congress held in 2022 in London.

Mental Health Advocacy Over the Years

Use the links given below to learn more about the activities of WFMH aimed towards fostering awareness about mental well-being.


Have a glance at our previous publications from our major endeavours.

Past Events

Take a glimpse at the various events conducted by WFMH over the years.

From the Archives

Have a glance at some photos that take us back in time to the beginnings of the espousal of mental well-being and WFMH!