Institute of Mental Health (Belgrade)

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox hospital The Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade (Template:Lang-sr), established in 1963, is the first social-psychiatric institution in Southeast Europe.<ref name="imh home page">Template:Cite web</ref> It is a tertiary care institution that specializes in the fields of psychiatry, addiction diseases, clinical psychology, epileptic medicine, clinical neurophysiology, psycho-pharmacology, psycho-therapy and mental illness. Treatment is based on the concepts of social psychiatry with the goal of rehabilitation and re-socialization of patients.<ref name="imh home page" /> The Institute serves as a teaching facility for the Belgrade Medical School and several other schools in Belgrade.

On November 18, 2009, the Institute of Mental Health received a nomination to be inducted into the WHO Collaborative Centre for Mental Health Care by Serbian Minister of Health, Tomica Milosavljevi?.<ref name="serbia gov">News from the Serbian Government site</ref> This nomination was approved by WHO.<ref name="serbia gov" /><ref name="institute informant p. 7">PhD S. Laki?evi? Informant of the Institute – page 7 (file doc); last time updated: 15 April 2010 and also HTML version, from Google cache</ref> Belgrade's Institute of Mental Health also publishes pertinent articles on behalf of the World Health Organization.<ref name="who-imh">Template:Cite web</ref>

The Director of Institute is Sc.D. Dušica Le?i? Toševski. The Assistant Director is Doctor Smiljka Popovi? Deuši?.<ref name="about us in english">IMH website in English</ref>


Major developments in the field of psychiatry, which occurred due to the rapid development of psycho-pharmacological-therapy, opened the possibility of a specialized hospital. The Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade was founded by Sc.D. Slavka Mori?-Petrovi? in cooperation with Sc.D. Dušan Petrovi?, Sc.D. Milan Popovi?, Sc.D. Miroslav Antonijevi?, Sc.D. Predrag Kali?anin and several other psychiatrists.<ref name="imh home page" /> Architectural design was done by Vladeta Stojakovi?. Following building approval, the Institute's cornerstone was placed on June 5, 1960. The Institute of Mental Health was officially opened on April 14, 1963,<ref name="imh home page" /> in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade initially provided services for the prevention and treatment of psychiatric diseases and monitoring of out-patients.<ref name="imh home page" /> On December 26, 2007, in the presence of the Serbian Minister of Health - Tomica Milosavljevi?, a day hospital was opened for adolescents.

Organizational units

The Institute of Mental Health includes eight departments:

  • Clinic for children and adolescents
  • Clinic for adults
  • Clinic for addiction diseases
  • Epilepsies and clinical neurophysiology sector
  • Medical genetic sector
  • Pharmacy service and laboratory diagnosis
  • Service for scientific research and educational activities
  • Department of non-medical businesses.

Activity of the Institute

Today, The Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade's activity is defined by its statute, which is in compliance with the law on health care in Serbia.<ref name="institute informant p. 3">Laki?evi? Informant of the Institute – page 3 (file doc); last time updated: 15 April 2010 and also HTML version, from Google cache</ref>

For the convenience of the population of Belgrade, the Institute also provides secondary health care services in addition to mental health services.

IMH Belgrade also has an educational and scientific research program.<ref name="institute informant p. 3" /> The research department started an international project that uses research into genetic copy variations that are used in determining potential risks for mental illness.

In performing a health practice IMH Belgrade provides preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services from the following fields:

  • psychiatry
  • neuropsychiatry
  • child psychiatry
  • addiction diseases
  • clinical neuro-physiology<ref name="institute informant p. 3" /><ref name="institute informant p. 4">PhD S. Laki?evi? Informant of the Institute – page 4 (file doc); last time updated: 15 April 2010 and also HTML version, from Google cache</ref>
  • clinical psycho-pharmacology
  • psycho-therapy
  • clinical psychology
  • medical biochemistry
  • medical supply, and
  • clinical pharmacology

Endeavours of The Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade also include the education of professionals involved in the care of patients.<ref name="institute informant p. 4" /> They include psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, pedagogues, special teachers, social workers, lawyers and medical technicians.



External links

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