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Global Initiative on Psychiatry believes that every person in the world should have the opportunity to realize his or her full potential as a human being, notwithstanding personal vulnerabilities or life circumstances. Every society, accordingly, has a special obligation to establish a comprehensive, integrated system for providing ethical, humane and individualized treatment, care, and rehabilitation, and to counteract stigmatization of, and discrimination against, people with mental disorders or histories of mental health treatment.
An enlightened services system promotes mutually respectful partnerships between persons who receive services and those who deliver them, protects the human rights of users and the ethical autonomy of service providers, and facilitates the engagement of users, families, and all other stakeholders in advocating for and achieving improvements in the quality of care.
Recognizing that these aspirations remain everywhere unfulfilled, and that the rights and needs of persons with mental disorders are particularly vulnerable to infringement and neglect, the mission of Global Initiative on Psychiatry is to promote humane, ethical, and effective mental health care throughout the world and to support a global network of individuals and organizations to develop, advocate for, and carry out the necessary reforms.
The Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) is an international not-for-profit organization for the promotion of humane, ethical and effective mental health care throughout the world. Its international office is located in Hilversum, The Netherlands. It has member organizations in Bulgaria (GIP-Sofia), Georgia (GIP-Tbilisi), Lithuania (GIP-Vilnius), The Netherlands (GIP-Hilversum), the United Kingdom (GIP/Hamlet-UK) and the United States (GIP-USA) and many partners around the globe. It also has a country office in Dushanbe (GIP-Tajikistan). The organization now works in three dozen countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
In all of regions of the world our goal remains to empower people and help build improved and sustainable services that are not dependent on continued external support.
GIP is a unique catalyst for change in the mental health field. Its distinctiveness lies in the combination of activities it pursues. GIP implements projects with local partners that offer a space for medical professionals, other practitioners in the field and affected groups (clients and their families) to experience - through learning and practice - more just and empowering practices in mental health care. At the same time, it makes otherwise scarce information on mental health issues available in regional languages and works with policymakers and other influential groups to bring about change in both policies and practice.
Our aim is to facilitate the emergence of agents of long-term change in this arena - at the local, regional and national levels and among different stakeholder groups - who can guide their societies in introducing more enabling approaches to mental health issues. At the same time, GIP is prepared to challenge where policies or practices disregard essential human rights.
GIP has been awarded two prestigious prizes for its efforts: The Human Rights Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2000 Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry.
For more information on GIP and its plans for the future, please see the GIP Strategy Paper (March 2008)