Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry

The Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry is intended to acknowledge an individual (with no restriction as to gender, age or nationality), or an institution or association (with governmental or non-governmental status) for exceptional achievement at regional, national or international level in :

     • Promoting equity and humane qualities of care for people with mental illness
     • Reducing negative discrimination of the mentally ill
     • Defending the rights of people with mental illness, and supporting the application of
       ethical principles in psychiatric services.

The Prize, consisting of a diploma, a medal and a monetary award of 20,000 Swiss Francs, is awarded once every three years, usually during the World Congress of Psychiatry. A press conference to publicize the work of the laureate is usually held, and a scientific or cultural event related to the goals of the Foundation may complete the presentation ceremony.

The Prize is funded by the Republic & Canton of Geneva (Switzerland) through the Geneva University Hospital, and by the Swiss Federation of Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists.

The next presentation of the Prize will be made in September 2014, during the World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid.

Guidelines for Nominations

    • Nominations for the Prize can be made by individuals, institutions or associations.
     • Self-nominations/applications are not acceptable.

The nomination should be presented in typed form in English or French, and should not exceed four pages of text. It should present the nominee – individual, institution or association – and describe how the nominee has contributed to the achievement of the goals of the Geneva Prize Foundation. The nomination may be accompanied by up to three testimonials written by individuals familiar with the nominee’s work. Full contact information (postal address, telephone numbers, email address, and, if appropriate, website) is required.

All nominations will be examined by a Jury appointed by the Board of the Foundation.

DEADLINE for nominations for the 2014 Prize is 31 MARCH 2014.

Nominations may be sent to the office of the Geneva Prize Foundation :

Professor François Ferrero
President of the Prize of the Geneva Foundation for human rights in psychiatry
Chemin de la Montagne, 67
CH - 1224 ChĂȘne-Bougeries (Switzerland)
E-mail :



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