It gives me great pleasure to let you know that on 4th September 2015, WPA launched its First World Mind Matters Day which I hope will become an annual event.
On this day we asked for a Fair Deal for patients living with mental illness. We launched a position statement on Social Justice for those living with mental illness and I am delighted to report that 12 international organisations including WONCA, WASP and WAPR signed this statement. In addition APAL, EPA, AFPA along with some social enterprises and charities also signed the statement. I am attaching herewith the media exposure globally for your information. We also launched the document on the mental health of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers which was produced by Dr. Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Dr. Marianne Kastrup and their colleagues. These documents are on the WPA web site. I look forward to your feed-back.
We propose to carry on with campaigning, lobbying and advocating for our patients. I will keep you informed of next steps.
We are in negotiating with various universities for the introduction of Diploma in Mental Health. The curriculum is taking shape and I have feedback from a number of organisations and people. It will be very helpful to know your views about the take-up of the examination.
We have commissioned Centre for Mental Health law in Pune, India to look at discrimination against those living with mental illness and we plan to launch this significant assessment at the next World Mind Matters Day.
Meanwhile please do let me have your ideas about disseminating these documents and policies.
I am delighted to report that WPA are starting a series of round table meetings on specific topics working with national associations. Next March we will have 3 round table meetings in Mexico, Guatemala, and in Europe.
Dinesh Bhugra, CBE
President, World Psychiatric Association