The IAYMH was established in 2012 to assist in advocating and collaborating for the mental health needs of young people across the world. In recent years, many countries around the globe have witnessed the emergence of the youth mental health movement, a new paradigm that acknowledges the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12 – 25 years. Recent evidence supports the efficacy of early intervention for individuals in this age band. With the right services and support early on, future health problems and onse...


To ensure that mental health services are more responsive to the health needs of young people across the world. Promote public and professional interest in the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25. Strive for systems change which advocates for a developmentally appropriate service response for young people and their families and carers. Meaningfully engage young people and their parents in the Association to develop a voice and advocate for systems change. Foster collaboration and communication internationally between in...

Founding Supporters

The International Association of Mental Health (IAYMH) gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organisations, who have assisted in the establishment of the organisation:


Founding Executive Committee

President: Professor Pat McGorry—Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health, Melbourne, Australia

Treasurer: Kerryn Pennell—Director Strategy, Development and Policy, Orygen Youth Health, Melbourne, Australia

Secretary: Craig Hodges—Director, CHC (Craig Hodges Consulting) Melbourne, Australia

Dr Paddy Power—Consultant Psychiatrist, St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Professor Max Birchwood—Director of Youthspace and Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Dr Tony Bates—Founding Director, Headstrong, Dublin, Ireland

Dr Simon Davidson—Director of Child and Youth Advisory for the Mental Health Comission of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.



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