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July 2014
Living in diversity: fact or wishful thought?

The discussions around the challenges of living in diversity have been a focus of interest both in psychiatric and mental health circles and in intellectual circles and disciplines of humanities especially in the last couple of decades. Diversities in human existence and interests of various kinds are considered as a source of richness and opportunity on one hand, but as risk and thread on the other. Although diversities are mostly considered in the context of identity issues, it, in fact, covers all faces of life including individuals, societies, cultures, and organizations.

Diversities in human existence are natural facts that could be mobilized for the benefit of a better mental health for us all. It is not a wishful thought that is aimed to be realized in some unknown future but a current reality that should be faced and managed.

International organizations such as the WPA face this challenge in its organizational and daily functioning. Having diverse representations of people from literally almost all parts of the world in its various bodies and activities, WPA faces this challenge of concerting such diversities in the service of its shared objectives.

WPA, in general, manages synchronizing the richness generating from diversities of its components on the basis of promoting high professional ethical standards, high quality scientific research, good clinical praxis, comprehensive and non-discriminatory mental health services and training programmes across the world. Its core values of solidarity and internationalism guide us and once more reflected here in this issue of the WPA News.

We would like to kindly ask you to continue on contributing to our aim of mobilizing the diversities for the benefit of a better mental health for all.

Levent Küey
WPA News Editor
WPA Secretary General

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