Our Vision

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.

ABNI status

Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP has the ANBI charitable status for the Dutch tax office.
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Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP is in official relations with the World Health Organization in Geneva. For more information click here.

Our Approach

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. 

Recognition for Our Work

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.

Global society is experiencing the biggest crisis Since the Second World War. The resulting stress and anxiety undermines the psychological well-being of individuals, families, and communities. People with psychosocial disability, and the staff who provide care, are particularly vulnerable. FGIP is actively engaged in providing that support. For more information click here