The evolving WFMH-ICPCM collaborative project through dialogue and partnership: Perspectives from the World Federation for Mental Health

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Mohammed Abou-Saleh
Helen Millar


The WFMHM has demonstrated a commitment to the ICPCM to promote its longstanding principles of inclusiveness of consumers and families at the centre of the decision-making process in order to reduce stigmatization, ensure fair distribution of resources, equal access to healthcare and equal representation at government level. The WFMH has focused on the Great Push and the alliance we have established with the Global Movement for Mental Health. Importantly, the WFMH has consolidated its Diabetes Depression Dialogue programme and is providing training for mental health workers in low income countries. Also, it is actively exploring the use of the computerised Global Mental Health Assessment Instrument to develop capacity for competent mental health assessments and interventions in primary care with a global reach. We have proposed that WFMH has a collaborative agreement with ICPCM to implement the Person Integrated Diagnosis (PID) guide. We see that WFMH’s strengths are in its global reach to Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and users and carers bringing their central (person/people-centred) stakeholding into the project and their paramount role in implementing the actions concerned.

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Fourth Geneva Conference on Person-centered Medicine: Person-centered special developments
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Mohammed Abou-Saleh, St George’s, University of London

Mohammed T Abou-Saleh, PhD MPhil FRCPsych is currently Professor of Psychiatry at St George’s, University of London and Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry. He has now taken up the appointment of Chief Excutive Officer of the Qatar Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. He has previously served as Director of Research and Development and Deputy Head of the Division of Mental Health and Head of the Addictions Research Group at St George’s, University of London and as Clinical Director of Addiction Services. He served as Academic Secretary and Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Addictions,  Honorary Secretary of the Higher Specialist Training Committee and Chairman of the Middle East Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Secretary General of the Federation of Arab Psychiatrists. Also he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, United Arab Emirates University ( 1991-1998). Internationally he is Chairman of the the World Psychiatric Association Section on Biological Psychiatry since 1998. He has served as Consultant for the World Health Organization in substance misuse in Oman, Beirut , Cairo and Qatar. He was Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, Co-editor of the European journal Acta Neuropsychiatrica and Member of the Board of Directors of the World Federation for Mental Health since 2007.He has 235 publications including 110 publications in refereed journals. He is Editor of the 3rd edition of Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry 2011 and had edited 2 supplements of the British Journal of Psychiatry on Brain Imaging in Psychiatry and Prediction in Psychopharmacology and 2 supplements of Acta Neuropsychiatrica on Dual Diagnosis: An International Perspective, and Recent Advances in the Psychopharmacology of Addictions. His research interests are in biological psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology and applied addictions research and prevention psychiatry.


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