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Notice to Readers: Third Global Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental Health and Behavioral Disorders

The Third Global Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, September 15--17, 2004. The conference is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), the Clifford Beers Foundation, and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, in collaboration with the Carter Center.

WFMH is an international, nongovernmental organization founded in 1948 with the purpose of advancing, among all persons and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, advocating the appropriate treatment and care for those with such disorders, and promoting mental health. Planning for the WFMH conferences was initiated in 1997 with support from the Carter Center. The first of the biennial conferences was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2000. The 2004 conference will celebrate mental health promotion and prevention around the world and highlight the federation's support of World Mental Health Day, October 10, which has as its theme, "The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health: Co-Occurring Disorders." Key topics to be covered at the conference are worldwide research, evidence-based programs, implementation of programs, discrimination, policy-making, and training and workforce issues. Additional information is available at


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