The organization in brief

Human Rights in Mental Health – FGIP is an international federation of not-for-profit organizations that promote humane, ethical and effective mental health care throughout the world. The organization aims to empower people and help build improved and sustainable services that are not dependent on continued external support. The defense of human rights in mental health care delivery is the cornerstone of our work. We consider it our prime obligation to speak out whenever and wherever human rights abuses in mental health practice occur, and work with local partners to amend the situation and make sure the human rights violations in question are discontinued. The basis in all our activities is partnership.

Global Initiative -Hilversum

Global Initiative Hilversum becomes equal FGIP member


This used to be the website of the headquarters of Global Initiative on Psychiatry with headquarters based in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

In the course of 2012-2013 Global Initiative-Hilversum became an equal member of the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP) and in November 2013 the "separation" was completed. 

In practice this means that Global Initiative-Hilversum will develop its own website, separate from FGIP, and will foxus in its work not only on developing countries but also on The Netheralnds itself. The new website, which is currently under development, will therefore be both in English and Dutch.

This website is now exclusvely for FGIP or, with its new name: Human Rights in Mental Health - FGIP.

For more information on Global Initiative-Hilversum see "FGIP member organizations"


Change of Chairmanship

On March 1, 2014, Professor Graham Thornicroft took over from Dr. Benedetto Saraceno as Chairman of Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP. Dr. Saraceno served FGIP for a period of four complicated years, during which the change of a Hilversum-led organized organization changed into a federation of equal member organizations, but also the period when the economic crisis had a deep impact on our work and our financial basis. We are lucky that Dr. saraceno will continue to serve FGIP for another four years as Past Chairman, in conjunction with our new Chairman.

We present here the statements of the incoming Chairman, as well as of the outgoing one.

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strategic alliance Human Rights in Mental Health - FGIP with Maudsley International

The organisations Maudsley International and Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP (formerly the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry) have decided to engage in a strategic alliance in order to respond more effectively to requests for assistance from the global mental health community. The alliance combines the internationally acclaimed expertise of Maudsley International (and their partners in the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) with the decades of experience in supporting the development of community-based and user-oriented mental health care services in developing countries around the world of FGIP. Apart from collaborating closely in projects and thus increasing both the quality and cost-effectiveness of our output, the alliance plans to hold regular meetings and conferences on the issue of mental health care development in developing countries. More information will be posted within the near future.

Click here for more information about Maudsley International.

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