RENO, NV/ACCESSWIRE/April 20, 2022/ The International Foundation for Research and Education (iFred), announces the world federation for mental health (WFMH) has appointed Founder Kathryn Goetzke as the Representative of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) for a 3-year term. The objectives of the WFMH are: to raise public awareness of the importance of mental health and to better understand and improve attitudes towards mental disorders; promote mental health and prevent mental disorders; and, to improve the care, treatment and recovery of people with mental disorders.
Kathryn Goetzke and Gabriel Ivbijaro, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
As a UN CIO, Kathryn’s role includes speaking at UN events in an official capacity on behalf of all those around the world who support WFMH’s goals of prevention, advancement and advocacy. The war in Ukraine, the impact of COVID-19, racial injustice and more have worsened the global mental health crisis, with anxiety, depression and suicide rising around the world.
Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE JP, WFMH General Secretary and CEO, says: “We are delighted to have Kathryn on board, helping us speak out on behalf of those in need of support around the world. She has been an ardent and powerful advocate for global mental health for many years and has been open about her own struggles. We are delighted to see her working with us to make mental health a priority for all.
KATHRYN GOETZKE AND HOPE
Kathryn Goetzke is a global mental health advocate, having lost her father to suicide at 18, having made her own attempt in her 20s and battling anxiety, depression, addiction and more. Through her struggles, she discovered mental health, launched her company The Mood Factory, launched the first national cause marketing campaign for mental health, raised over a million dollars and eventually created her own. Hopeful Minds program for young children to teach the “how-to” of hope. She sits on the advisory boards of the Women’s Brain Project, the Global Movement for Mental Health, Y Mental Health, and has been active with FundaMentalSDGS, a group that has worked to integrate mental health into development goals. sustainable development of the United Nations.
Kathryn Goetzke and her late father, Jon Goetzke
Kathryn took what she learned in business and created a Hopeful Cities project, giving cities tools to activate hope. She just released a Hopeful Cities booklet that any city can download and use to activate hope in government, education, science, workplace, art and outreach. Proclamation language is included, so everyone understands the importance of hope, the impact of despair, and essential hope skills they can use to improve all areas of their lives. All program materials are free to download from Hopeful Cities, and iFred aims to encourage everyone to share and spread.
Kathryn is also the author of The Biggest Little Book About Hopehosts The Hope Matrix Podcastand recently launched an online platform Hopeful mood on college campus through his consulting firm Innovative Analysis, LLC. She teaches hope in the workplace, as despair is one of the highest costs to employers, and works proactively to manage her own despair in order to stay healthy and engaged in life.
“It’s one of the greatest honors of my life,” says Kathryn Goetzke, founder of iFred. “My involvement in mental health wasn’t intentional, it was out of necessity and what my dad taught me about a strong work ethic. ‘Don’t complain about problems, do something about them.’ I saw a challenge with mental health branding and wanted to address it almost 20 years ago. I never thought I would end up being a voice for those who are underrepresented and often ignored and finding the power of hope and the ability to teach It is a great honor and privilege, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that all voices are heard.
Myron Belfer, Kathryn Goetzke, Kristy Stark, Harvard Boardroom
iFred, a 501(c)3 organization, strives to teach hope. iFred has worked to bring mental health to light and eliminate stigma through prevention, research and education and has created a shift in society’s negative perception of illness through positive images, a brand change, celebrity engagement, marketing campaigns and the establishment of the sunflower and the color yellow as an international symbol of hope. iFred worked with The Mood Factory to do the first national cause marketing campaign for mental health in the United States, and created the first-ever program to teach hope called Hopeful minds, based on research, it is a teachable skill. iFred recently launched Hopeful Cities, and works to establish the International Day of Hope where all share science, stories and strategies for hope. Learn more about www.ifred.org.
About the World Federation for Mental Health
The WFMH is an international organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the appropriate treatment and care of people with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. The mission of the World Federation for Mental Health is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, mental disorder prevention, advocacy and recovery-oriented best practice intervention worldwide. Learn more about https://wfmh.global/who-we-are/about-us
Craig Kramer, Kathryn Goetzke, Chris Underhill, Global Ministerial Conference on Mental Health, UK
Global Mental Health Movement Advisory Board, South Africa
Kathryn Goetzke and Antonella Santuccione, Women’s Brain Project, Zurich, Switzerland
Karen Kirby, Myron Belfer, Kathryn Goetzke, Kristy Stark, Northern Ireland
Kathryn Goetzke and iFred Chairman of the Board, Thomas Dean
Kathryn Goetkze, United Nations
Vikram Patel, Kathryn Goetzke, Shekhar Saxena, Global Ministerial Conference on Mental Health, UK
Kathryn Goetkze, Why Hope, Northern Ireland
Karen Kirby, Kathryn Goetzke, Marie Dunne, Nigel Firth, Hopeful Minds, Northern Ireland
Hopeful Minds Research Team in Malaysia
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