Clubhouse International World Seminar Convens – Keynote Speaker, Devora Kestel, World Health Organization

New York, NY, September 17, 2022 –(– Clubhouse International, a global organization working to end the social and economic isolation of people with mental illness, is hosting the 2022 Clubhouse International Global Seminar from 17 September to September 22, 2022. The event is co-hosted by B’More Clubhouse.

The five-day seminar will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, attracting more than 600 participants from 15 countries, 32 US states, nearly 170 community mental health programs known as “Clubhouses” and several organizations and parties global mental health stakeholders. The seminar will provide an opportunity for education, dialogue and sharing of best practices developed by the Clubhouse community of Clubhouse International, which aim to help people living with mental illness around the world regain a respected place in society through work, education, welfare and community. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the global mental health landscape, how to strengthen club employment programs and community partnerships, how to strengthen and diversify boards of directors , best practices for onboarding new members, and more.

Clubhouse International is honored to welcome Dévora Kestel, Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO) as the keynote speaker for the seminar. In her remarks, Ms Kestel is expected to talk about the WHO mental health action plan and the role Clubhouses can play in helping to change and improve the global mental health landscape, as the Clubhouse model is a important component of mental health service systems around the world.

Clubhouse International is pleased to announce that Melissa Harris, Associate Director of the Disability and Seniors Health Programs Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will be joining a panel discussion focused on how Medicaid funding works with Clubhouses. . Ms. Harris works with Clubhouse International to help better understand Medicaid funding in the United States and fill the gaps for Clubhouses seeking Medicaid funding in their respective states.

The Clubhouse Model for Psychosocial Rehabilitation is an evidence-based practice that for 75 years has provided effective and cost-effective solutions for people living with mental illness. The model is recognized by the World Health Organization as an example of a rights-based, recovery-focused approach to recovery. Clubhouse International is the 2014 recipient of the Hilton Humanitarian Award and the 2021 recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Special Presidential Commendation Award.

Today, more than 330 Clubhouses operate on six continents. Clubhouse International manages the accreditation quality assurance process for the global Clubhouse network, provides comprehensive training, mentors start-up groups, promotes expansion of the Clubhouse model, and conducts advocacy campaigns encouraging greater health awareness mental health in the world and a greater involvement of the main players in the community. mental health services.

Why mental health? The World Health Organization estimates that more than 450 million people worldwide live with some kind of mental or neurological disorder; Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease (WHO). It is estimated that 703,000 people die by suicide worldwide each year; Globally, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds (WHO). Although mental illness is widespread in all societies and can affect anyone, affecting up to one in four people, there is a significant gap between the number of people with mental illness and the number of people receiving treatment. and support.

Clubhouse International works to alleviate the challenges faced by people living with mental illness and advocates for increased investment in community mental health services. We envision a world where there is a Clubhouse in every community. There is no health without mental health.

Media Contact:
Anna Sackett Rountree, Director of Communications, Clubhouse International
[email protected]

For more information about Clubhouse programs that provide mental health recovery opportunities for people around the world, visit

Clubhouse International
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New York, NY 10022
+1 212 582 0343

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