The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

The Society

The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health is the expert professional society for research, clinical practice and public health initiatives to improve understanding of and responses to mental health problems among women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, their partners, and their infants and young children. It is a multidisciplinary group of academics, clinicians, advocates and people with lived experience. The Society was formed in 1980 and named after for Louis Victor Marcé, a French psychiatrist who wrote the first treatise about puerperal mental illness, published in 1858.

It’s Aim

The principal aim of the Society is to promote, facilitate and communicate about research into all aspects of perinatal mental health. This involves diverse research activities including about public health, health services, community-based and clinical trials of pharmacological and non- pharmacological approaches to prevention, early intervention and treatment, and laboratory sciences.

The Biennial Congress

The International Marcé Society convenes a scientific congress every two years to disseminate the most recent research evidence to a wide audience of practitioners, policy makers and researchers and discuss its implementation. Since the Society’s inception the congress has been convened in a high- income, usually Anglophone country.

The 2018 Congress in India

In the true spirit of mutual learning and sharing, this time the society is holding the congress in South Asia. The society chose India because of the pioneering work in the field of maternal mental health by several groups in the region and their close links to the Marce society over a decade.

About the Marce Biennial Scientific Conference 2018


For the first time in September 2018, the Society is holding the Biennial Scientific Congress in a lower- middle income nation at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India. Perinatal mental health problems are two to three times more common among women living in low- and middle-income than in high-income countries, with the highest prevalence among the poorest women with the least access to life opportunities or services. There is increased recognition of the importance of perinatal mental health to the global development agenda for 2016 – 2030, including to all three pillars: survive (end preventable deaths), thrive (ensure health and well-being) and transform (expand enabling environments)at the core of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.


The theme of the Congress is 'Global Experiences, Global Dialogues, Global Responses' and it will bring together leading scientific experts, community- and hospital-based health workers, policy-makers and students and trainees from medical, nursing and allied health disciplines from low-, middle- and high- income nations. We are committed to enhancing perinatal mental health worldwide, by ensuring the program addresses the needs of women in the least advantaged socioeconomic positions and models of care that are applicable in the settings in which they live.


We want to enable people from resource-constrained nations to participate, including by offering subsidised registration fees, and travel awards, accommodation assistance and scholarships for students, early and mid-career researchers and community-based health workers. In order to achieve this we are seeking the support of partners within governments, civil society and the philanthropic and private sectors.

Welcome to the Congress in September 2018 at Bangalore!

Co-Convenors International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health Biennial Scienetific Congress, Bangalore, September 2018

Jane Fisher

Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health and Director Jean Hailes Research Unit,
Monash University, Australia.

Prabha Chandra

Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore