December 2015
Letter from the WPA President (16 December 2015)

Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to let you know of the work that has been done on your behalf by the WPA. This is the right time for reflection but also for looking forward.

You may recall that on 4th September 2015, WPA launched its First World Mind Matters Day with the launch of Position Statement on Social Justice for those with mental illness in which we call upon countries and the United Nations to urgently deal with discrimination. We also launched the WPA 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.

We are working on several major areas:

WPA-Lancet Commission on Psychiatry survey is live. I had separately sent you the details. Please let your membership know and spread the word as we need as wide a consultation as possible.

A further series of documents on mental health needs of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and their children and families.

A global survey of social discrimination against those with mental illness which will cover areas of economic, social, political and civil rights is under way and I will come back to you for your help.

A major document on Mental Health for Nations is being developed and should be ready in the first quarter of next year.

We propose to carry on with campaigning, lobbying and advocating for our patients. I will keep you informed of next steps.

Following our discussions with various universities for the introduction of Diploma in Mental Health we have very nearly reached agreement on the curriculum. I am hopeful that we should be able to launch this programme in 2016.

Meanwhile please do let me have your suggestions and thoughts about disseminating these documents and policies.

You may recall that WPA has set up a series of round table meetings on specific topics in close co-operation with national associations. I will keep you informed.

Season’s Greetings to you, your families, and members.

Yours faithfully,
Dinesh Bhugra, CBE
President, World Psychiatric Association

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