Welcome messages - Congress Presidents

Dr Ingrid Daniels. President WFMH
Joint Congress President

As President of the World Federation for Mental Health it gives me great pleasure to announce that the 23rd  World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health will take place in collaboration with our member organisation, the World Dignity Project on:


Tuesday 2nd November 2021 to Friday 5th November 2021

Central Hall Westminster, London, UK


Central Hall Wesminster, the venue of the 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health has a unique place in the history of WFMH. It was here at this prestigeous and historical venue that the first International Congress on Mental Health was held in August 1948 leading to the formation of WFMH.

At that time the International Preparatory Commission for the Congress concluded that:

‘principles of mental health cannot be successfully furthered in any society unless there is progressive acceptance of the concept of world citizenship. World citizenship can be widely extended among all peoples through the application of principles of mental health.’

The 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health held in collaboration with the World Dignity Project will re-affirm the founding principles and values of WFMH and bring together experts by lived experience, carers and family members, mental health professionals from all fields, academics and policy makers.

We warmly invite you to participate in the 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health and together make Mental Health – A Global Priority.


Dr. Ingrid Daniels PhD​

WFMH President

Joint Congress President

Professor Sir David Goldberg KBE
Joint Congress President

Dear Colleagues, Guests and Friends, 

I would like to welcome you to the 23rd World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, taking place in collaboration with the World Dignity Project here in London, at Central Hall Westminster. 

The theme of this congress, Mental Health – A Global Priority reminds us of the need to continue to keep mental health at the centre of health and social care. 

The world continues to go through many crises as a result of man made and natural disasters. As someone who has devoted my professional life to improving the teaching of psychological skills to doctors of all kinds, and to improving the quality of services for those with severe mental illnesses I know that the need to invest in and promote mental health is more important now more than ever.

This congress has a lot to offer, whether you are a mental health professional, a policy maker or a member of the public. As Joint President of this congress I am personally inviting you to join us in London to make this event, Mental Health – A Global Priority, a platform for us to share our ideas and learn from each other.

The current pandemic has shown how psychologically ill-prepared our society has been but lessons are being learned and we would like to invite you to share these.

London is a great city that has much to offer. It is a city of culture, history, openness and inclusivity. We are all looking forward to sharing ideas. Please come and enjoy your experience. 

The Congress Committees are working hard to put together a memorable and interesting scientific and social programme that has something for everyone.

Please come to join as a participant, presenter, sponsor or partner. I look forward to seeing you all in London in November 2021.


Sir David Goldberg KBE

FMedSci, FRCP, FRCPsych

Professor Emeritus & Fellow, King’s College, London

Joint Congress President