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Salutation to the III Congress of Mental Health

 

It is a pleasure for me to salute the upcoming III Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century, Children, Society, and the Future, on 8-10 October 2021.

Person centered psychiatry and medicine may be traced back to how medicine was conceived and practiced in ancient civilizations and through the present time, including efforts to redress contemporary reductionist distortions in clinical medicine and public health. With a sense of paramount ethical commitment, many leaders in medicine have recognized the interdependency of science and humanism and reaffirmed a psychiatry and medicine of the person, for the person, by the person, and with the person. Recent systematic explorations of person centered care have identified as key concepts in addition to its ethical imperative: a holistic framework to understand health and illness, cultural awareness and responsiveness, a communicational and relationship focus at all levels, individualization of care, establishment of common ground among clinicians, patient and family to arrive at and formulate a joint diagnosis and shared care decisions, people-centered organization of integrated care, and person-centered health education and research.

 

On all of these grounds, I am enthusiastically welcoming the III Congress of Mental Health in Moscow, 2021.

Juan E. Mezzich MD PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Hipolito Unanue Professor of Person Centered Medicine, San Marcos National University, Lima Founding President and current Secretary General, International College of Person Centered Medicine Former President, World Psychiatric Association

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