The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health was formed at an international conference in 1980. The purpose of that conference was to bring together different strands of research in puerperal mental disorders. It was recognised that there needed to be a forum to discuss puerperal mental illness in its broadest sense, and a Society was formed. The Society was named after Louis Victor Marcé, a French psychiatrist who wrote the first treatise entirely devoted to puerperal mental illness, published in 1858. For more details, see the Marce Society History (1980-2016) by Nine Glangeaud- Updated August 2016 (link below).
The principal aim of the Society is to promote, facilitate and communicate about research into all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science through to health services research.
The Society is multidisciplinary and encourages involvement from psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, obstetricians, general practitioners, scientists, academics, midwives, early childhood nurses, therapists, occupational therapists, community psychiatric nurses, social workers, community nurses, health visitors and other health professionals, who support the aim of the society. The Society also encourages the involvement of consumer and carer (self-help) groups.
The Society holds an international meeting every two years (biennial), usually hosted by the President of the Society. These are lively meetings with a high quality scientific content that bring together researchers, clinicians and consumers from around the world.
The Society was originally established in the UK, but it has grown and is now a truly international society with members from all parts of the world. Regional groups have now been formed (Australasian, Francophone, German-Speaking, Italian, Japanese, Nordic, and Spanish) that also hold regular meeting to discuss more regional issues as well as to exchange ideas about all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners.
A Biennial General Meeting is held in conjunction with the Biennial International meeting. At this time elections to the committee are held, and special awards are given (see the History of Awards link below).
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