The WFMH has just begun a new program for our members – Member Sections. We have created groups based on subject matter that will meet and work together on the promotion of their chosen topic. If you are a member in good standing with the WFMH, you are permitted to join any section you would like, up to three, and eventually we will offer the opportunity for anyone to start a section of their own.
THE WFMH SECTIONS INFORMATION
The WFMH’s sections deal with all topics of interest in the field of mental health and are created by members. The objectives of the sections are to:
Promote study, research, training and advances in a specific subject area in the field of global mental health.
Establish exchanges with other national and international organizations that share the objectives of the WFMH in regard to each section’s subject area.
Organize scientific meetings about topics of interest relevant to each Section.
Organize symposiums, workshops, and other scientific activities, having to do with the Section’s subject area, at the World Congresses of the WFMH and its regional conferences.
Develop educational programs and compose guides and publications.
Develop proposals for adoption as consensus statements and make known the WFMH’s position on the issue that is the concern of the Section.
Hold intra-sectional activities and meetings to promote interdisciplinary relationships and connections between different areas in the field of mental health.
Each Section will be composed of:
A Chair, Vice Chair, General Secretary and up to 20 other general members. If the Section is well managed and there are more members that would like to join, the Executive Committee will consider increasing the number permitted for each Section. And any Section group that has 20 members can vote to increase the Executive positions, up to 5 positions.
The activities of each Section must be assessed and supervised by the Chair of the Section, who, in turn, shall report to the Executive Committee of the WFMH, which shall decide whether or not to authorize the work proposed.
Requirements for joining a WFMH Section:
Applicants must be an individual, life or noted representative of an Affiliate or Voting Member, in good standing, of the WFMH.
General members may submit the form, pick the sections they would like to join and the Secretariat will alert the Chair of all those that wish to participate.
The Sections plan of action should be created and shared with the WFMH Executive Committee within 3 months of its formation, after there are at least 6 members within a Section.
Chairs must have proven experience in the subject area of the Section they lead. Any information and documentation should be submitted with your form.
If you would like to start a new Section, you will need to submit your request and qualifications for chairing this Section to the Executive Committee of the WFMH and they will vote on each application. If you section is approved, your information will be posted on the website for others to join.
Terms of office for a Section’s top 3 executive positions:
Two years with the possibility of one further term. Each Section will hold its own election process to pick the remainder of the Executive positions and in 2 years a new election will be held, including the Chair. If there are not enough members to hold an election, the Executive Committee of the WFMH will participate to complete the process.
All general members can submit their preference for re-joining a Section every two years, once the new executive positions are approved.