December 2016

Dear Colleagues

The Second World Mind Matters Day on 5th September saw the launch of the WPA Report on Social Discrimination against individuals with mental illness. This report was launched formally in the House of Lords in London. A Bill of Rights for people with mental illness was also launched. It has the support of 61 international organisations and if your organisation has not signed this please add your support.

Full details of the discrimination survey were published in a special issue of International Review of Psychiatry volume 28(4). The contents are available online. 

On the International Children’s Day on 20th November, WPA launched a Bill of Rights for children and young people. Developed by Dr Gordana Milavic and Professor Bennet Leventhal and colleagues, it is available on the WPA web site.

WPA-Lancet commission on Psychiatry report is expected to be published by Lancet Psychiatry early next year. 

Recent Position Statements include one on environmental sustainability and on high quality training.

We had a very successful round table meetings on violent radicalisation hosted by the WPA Collaborating Centre in London and another one on early Interventions in Psychiatry hosted by Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists.

The work on setting up Diploma in Psychological Medicine aimed at psychiatrists continues apace and we hope to launch it next year. 

We are still looking for examples of good clinical practice so that we can learn from each other. Please keep them coming.

Please check the web site regularly and get involved.

Season’s Greetings to you and your loved ones and all stakeholders.

Dinesh Bhugra, CBE
President, World Psychiatric Association




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