Welcome to the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services!

Welcome to the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). It is a great honour and privilege to represent our members as President of the association. I have been a member of IAFMHS for nearly 20 years, and have always valued the opportunity for open dialogue and collaboration between professionals from multiple disciplines involved in research, policy, management and actual care delivery at the intersection of mental health and justice. IAFMHS has always sought to bridge these disciplines and promote learning from an international and culturally diverse perspective, our overall aim being to improve care and services for justice-involved people with mental illness.

Across continents, countries, and communities the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change how we are delivering care. We see considerable variations in health and social outcomes even across neighbouring localities. This is the case globally. International research suggests adults and young people with mental health conditions at the interface with criminal justice settings have experienced further burdens on their overall health and human rights. This is an important time to uphold the highest possible ethical and professional standards across our clinical and scientific communities. A time to foster effective support and collaboration across the field of forensic mental health. IAFMHS is home to a flourishing journal, the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, an ongoing book series, an annual conference, a quarterly newsletter, special interest groups, and an engaged and innovative student board. Over the years, we have been proud to participate in the development of new generations of researchers and clinicians from across the global community. Please join our membership and take part in a vibrant professional organization!

Quazi Haque, Ph.D.

Past President of the IAFMHS (2021-2023)

In remembrance, our international community mourns the passing of Professor Christopher D. Webster.  

It is with heavy hearts that we let you know that Christopher D. Webster passed away February 20, 2024. He was an icon in forensic mental health and psychology whose compassion and warmth touched the lives of many. He was a remarkable thinker, persistently challenging the status quo, and a prolific writer who produced many of the most well-respected measures adopted into clinical practice across the globe. His contributions reshaped the field of violence risk assessment and are reflected in contemporary services in civil psychiatric, forensic psychiatric and correctional systems worldwide. He was unwavering in his commitment to build a better system, to contribute to better outcomes for clients and in supporting the next generation of trainees.

His profound contributions to the field of forensic mental health and his firm dedication to fostering kindness serve as a beacon of inspiration for us all. We honor his legacy and commit to carrying forward his spirit of generosity and scholarly excellence. 

He was a friend, colleague, and mentor to dozens of individuals worldwide, and his writings and lectures provide wisdom and significant advancements in knowledge. We will continue to honour his generosity of spirit, the quality of his work, and his instrumental role as a mentor by presenting an award in his name at the annual meeting of the association: The Christopher Webster Early Career Award.

Chris seemingly had a it all, he lived a rich, happy and productive life, collaborating on multiple research and writing projects to this day. He was kind, generous and warm with a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious laugh.

He will be remembered as being among the most highly respected academic and clinical minds and a passionate family person whose spirit will continue to be valued and emulated by so many.

If you wish to make a donation to the Christopher Webster Award, you can do so here.

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The International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) was established in 2000 as an international non-profit association, with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 


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