Mental health is described by the World Health Organization as “... a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. In this positive sense mental health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community. This core concept of mental health is consistent with its wide and varied interpretation across cultures. Because everyone has a role and responsibility in mental health promotion, the Central American Psychiatric Association (ACAP-2011) encourages integrated participation from a variety of sectors such as education, work, environment, urban planning and community development as the best way to make the most positive improvement in people’s mental health. Following this line of approach, the main objectives of the XXV CENTRAL AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC CONGRESS: PSYCHIATRY & BALANCE are:
1) Provide actualization on mental health knowledge;
2) strengthen the relationship among psychiatry and other areas of science based on challenges of modern society; and
3) enhance mental health policies in Central America.
This academic activity will be hosted by the Costa Rican Psychiatric Association (ASOCOPSI) and will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica on 13-15 April 2011. The organization of ACAP-2011 is headed by the current president, Dr. Sisy Castillo Ramírez (Costa Rica); Secretary, Dr. Javier Contreras Rojas (Costa Rica); and the President of the Scientific Committee is Dr. Flory Barrantes Bogantes (Costa Rica).
Dr. Javier Contreras Rojas
Secretary, Costa Rican Psychiatric Association