August 2016
Newsletter from the President (5 August 2016)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope that you are planning to get a break and relax a bit.

I am delighted to let you know that WPA has finished a major report on Social Justice for individuals with mental illness which will be officially launched in October and I will let you have the details when it is accessible. As a result of our findings we have developed Bill of Rights for individuals with mental illness which will be launched on the 2nd World Mind Matters Day on 4th September 2016. The findings from the study of laws in 193 countries are truly staggering and show that we have a long way to go for equity between physical and mental health.

Round Tables are progressing and we have many set up discussing topics such as migration, early interventions and violence and adolescents, acculturation and radicalisation to name a few. Please do let me know if you wish to host a round table.

The Presidential Taskforce on gender based inter-personal violence has completed its task and all the materials are available on WPA web site. My thanks to Professors Prabha Chandra and Donna Stewart for their leadership and guidance.

WPA Lancet Commission on psychiatry is beginning to write the report and interesting findings are emerging.

I would also like to draw your attention to the International Diploma on Mental Health, Human Rights and Law which is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2016-17. The Diploma, now in its ninth year of existence, is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the Indian Law Society, India. The course builds the capacity of students to advocate for human rights and to influence national legislative and policy and service reform in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other key international human rights standards. It is a one year Diploma and includes two residential sessions and distance learning.

Students to date have comprised health and mental health professionals, lawyers, mental health service users/survivors, government officials, social workers, human rights defenders and families and carers. The course is taught by a faculty of renowned international experts in the area. More information about the Diploma is also available at:

The prospectus and application form for the Diploma are attached. Applications can also be submitted online at:

In addition, the Open Society Institute (OSI) will provide funding for two students from Central & Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in the course. These are fully funded fellowships and include tuition fees, travel, accommodation & living expenses for the residential sessions.

For any queries, please contact the course coordinators: Dr Soumitra Pathare - or Dr Kaustubh Joag -

Curricula for Diploma in Psychological Medicine and Diploma in Mental Health are complete.

Best wishes, 

Dinesh Bhugra, CBE

President, World Psychiatric Association

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