International Mental Health Collaborating Network

International Mental Health Congress

                  18 & 19 July 2017  All Nations Centre, Cardiff          .     

We had two inspiring days togerther at our International Mental Health Congress. Partnering with the IMHCN we designed an agenda that explored the 'whole person, whole life, whole systems' approach to mental health. This was a significant event that brought together experts on the Whole Life-Whole Systems approach from Wales, England and the international community. We had representatives joining us from Australia, Poland, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia and the USA. There were many opportunities to take part in plenary sessions, participatory masterclasses and network with professionals.


  Keynote speakers included:

  • Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
  • Roberto Mezzina, Director, MH Department/ WHOCC of Trieste, Italy
  • Michael Holland, Medical Director, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norhameza Ahmad Badruddin, Clinical Psychologist, Permai Hospital, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Hywel Davies, Chair of Hearing Voices Cymru

You can view pdf versions of the presentation slides here

You can read Hywel Davis's speech below.

Living with Voices: Presentation by Hywel Davies to the International Mental Health Congress 18th & 19th July 2017, All Nations Centre, Cardiff

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Meeting the whole life needs of a person through
a community whole systems approach

The IMHCN and its partners have been at the forefront of pioneering community mental health services for the last twenty years.

  • We promote the development and sustainability of community mental health services founded on the whole person and their whole life needs. We believe services must be developed  through a Whole life – Whole Systems Community Approach.
  • The objective is to build an integrated and comprehensive system with widespread community ownership capable of meeting the identified whole life needs of individuals and local communities.
  • In most countries downsizing and closing the psychiatric institutions through a process of de-institionalisation as the main objective.
  • It is widely acknowledged that this will improve peoples quality of life and provide opportunities for recovery from mental health issues. However, closing institutions does not necessarly lead to ending institutional thinking and practice.
  • If these reforms are to be effective we should start by changing the thinking and practices within institutions by creating and applying a whole life recovery approach.
  • This work brings many challenges and opportunities for people with mental health issues, family members, mental health workers, services and communities.
  • We have designed programmes to assist people and organisations to make these changes which are being developed and have been implemented across the world.

You can read more about our work here.

We invite you to join us as members (services, individuals and communities) in promoting and developing our work in your country and internationally. For more information about membership go here.


The right [and the opportunity] to have a [whole] life

Trieste, Italy

(15) 16 -18 November 2017

First announcement

This is an open interactive meeting with an exchange of new thinking, creative ideas and innovative practices.

It includes: Study visits to services and programmes (involving Trieste and the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia) – On 15th November. Short courses and masterclasses on innovative practices. Working groups, expert meetings


  • Epidemiology of Rights
  • The issue of migrants and ethnic minorities
  • Bioethics
  • The UNCPRD compliant services
  • The biomedical paradigm or the asylum paradigm?
  • How to avoid coercion and restraint?
  • No more Mh laws?
  • Rights or development?
  • Global Mh and human rights

See more details about the aims of the meeting and the draft programme here

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