MAX W. ABBOTT is Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies, Auckland Institute of Technology, and President of the World Federation for Mental Health. From 1981 to 1991 he was Director of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. He is a ministerial appointee to the New Zealand Victims Task Force and has served on a variety of governmental, quasigovernmental, and national voluntarysector organizations and advisory bodies. He has over eighty publications in various fields, including neuropsychology, addictions, health services, mental health, clinical and community psychology, and family sociology.
KUNIHIKO ASAI is Vice-Director, Psychiatrist, Medical Doctor, and Designated Physician of Mental Health of the Asai Hospital, Togane City, Chiba Prefecture, and Vice-President, World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), Western Pacific Region. He is Councillor of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology; Chairman of the Committee on Public Relations and Information of the Japanese Association of Psychiatric Hospitals; Councillor of the Japanese Association of Mental Health; Director of the Japanese Society of Mental Health; Member of the Psychiatric Review Board (Chiba Prefecture); and Secretary General, 1993 World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health ( Japan).
ROB V. BIJL is a sociologist with the research department of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health (NcGv), Utrecht, the Netherlands. His scientific work concentrates on occupational incapacity due to mental disorders and psychiatric epidemiology. His dissertation subject was policy-oriented scenario research, applied to the field of mental health and mental health care.