Michelle Funk is Coordinator of Mental Health Policy and Service Development, Human Rights and Legislation at the World Health Organization (WHO) and leads the WHO MIND project.
She has been responsible for the establishment of the WHO framework for providing technical support to countries in the area of mental health, human rights and legislation as well as policy and service development. Under her leadership, key normative documents as well as training materials and tools have been designed and countries supported to undertake mental health reform. Three landmark outputs are the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package – a series of 14 interrelated modules, each covering an essential component of mental health system development and the WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation, which was launched in June 2005 and a Global Report on Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care launched in October 2008. More recently she has authored a major new report on mental health and development which was launched last month in September in New York in the lead up to the Millennium Development Goals Review Summit.
Dr Funk has been instrumental in establishing the joint WHO/Indian law society international diploma on mental health law and human rights which was launched in 2008.