Dear Mental Health Professionals, colleagues and friends from all over the world,
As I enter my tenure as President-Elect and Vice President during the period 2008-2011 in the World Psychiatric Association, I take this unique opportunity to send my greetings and best wishes to all my colleagues and friends in the field of psychiatry across the world, as well as my best wishes and message of caring to all persons in the world who suffer from mental illness.
Having received 75% of the votes for the position of President-Elect and Vice President in the WPA elections held in Prague, Czech Republic during the XIV World Congress of Psychiatry, gives me a clear mandate for the implementation of my action plans on behalf of the profession and, above all, on behalf of all mentally ill persons across the world.
I look forward to working hard in the next two trienniums to achieve all of my goals, objectives and promises. I need, however, your full support and guidance in this respect.
Pedro Ruiz, M.D.
WPA President-Elect & Vice President