World Mental Health Day
10 OCTOBER 2009

Mental disorders affect nearly 12% of the world’s population – approximately 450 million, or one out of every four people, will experience a mental illness that would benefit from diagnosis and treatment. Mental health and mental illness do not discriminate; the afflictions affect people of all ages in every country, culture, and socio-economic group. Organizations such as the WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health), are working to make mental health a global priority.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is proud to have supported organizations dedicated to the study, research and improvement of mental disorders. For examples of grants concerning mental health, please review the following:

Valley Mental Health


University Mental Health Research Institute

Association Sesame Autisme Cher 

Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health

New York University - Child Study Center 

American Red Cross in Greater New York

Village Center for Care 

Perivolaki - Hellenic Center for Mental Health and Therapy for Children and Families