Updated 20.11.2017, Institute of Mental Health, under the leadership of the academician Dušica Lečić Toševski, has been honored to be nominated again, on the 28th of September 2017, in the status of the WHO Collaborating Center for the next four years.
The regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the very significant contribution of the Institute of Mental Health in the main areas of WHO’s interest in the past four years and has declared gratitude to the Institute of Mental Health as the (WHO) Collaborative Center, and most of all, to the head of the WHO Collaborating Centre and director of the Institute of Mental Health. Professor dr Dušica Lečić Toševski. The Collaborating Centre assumed the responsibility for operation and collaboration with the WHO in the field of training of health workers and other professionals working in the healthcare sector with the aim of further developing mental health teams in local communities, protecting children from abuse and neglect, support to families of people with mental disorders, as well as preventive activities, with special emphasis on the recognition of co-morbidity between mental and physical disorders and their intended treatment with interdisciplinary cooperation. Terms of References for the Institute of Mental Health as a Collaborative Center of WHO for the period 2013-2017 were:
1. In cooperation with the WHO, improvement of the health workers` and other professionals` training, with the aim of strengthening mental health centers in the community.
2. Contribution to WHO activities in the field of child abuse and neglect, as well as early recognition of mental health problem signs in children and young people.
3. Contribute in WHO activities in the field of co-morbidity between mental and somatic disorders.
In order to implement the planned activities, it will continue with further development and improvement of training and education, coordination of existing programs of WHO in Serbia and the region by providing adequate technical support to WHO and in collaboration with other European WHO collaborative centers. Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade, has been in this way recognized as an equal partner by WHO, and as the most eminent factor of development of the most important programs of WHO in the region. Besides that, the Institute had become a member of the World Federation for Mental Health and the International College of Person Centered Medicine.