Prof. Roberto Mezzina

Prof. Roberto Mezzina

Chair of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network / Vice President of Europe World Federation for Mental Health


Roberto MEZZINA, psychiatrist, worked his entire career at Italian NHS, from 1978 to 2019, in Trieste. Closing the psychiatric hospital and creating a network of totally alternative network of community based services, this experience paved the way for the Italian Mental Health Reform Law of 1978 that closed all asylums. Services are operating with open door and without restraint, and have been declared to be a model for the World Health Organization as rights based and person centered care (2021). Dr Mezzina has been Director of a CMH Centre (for 1995) and of the whole Department of Mental Health in Trieste between 2012 and 2019, as well as from 2009 Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training. He is co-founder and Chair of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network and currently Regional Vice President for Europe of the World Federation for Mental Health. He is consulting on reform policies worldwide, recently at NHSE and at SLaM Foundation Trust. Prized for human rights practice by Zero Project at UN in Vienna (2014), and as European Personality of the Year Award by Gamian Europe (2017), he has been Advisor of WHO, expert for EU Joint Action on reforming mental healthcare, and consultant at World Bank.

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Plenary In memory of Franco Rotelli: the Impact of the Trieste model on services around the world Followed by Q&A

  • 14 May, 2024
  • 11:00 - 11:45
  • Times Complex