September 2009

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Message from WPA President

Professor Mario Maj


At the end of the first year of my mandate as WPA President, I am providing you with a summary of the main activities implemented by the Association during the year.


WPA Action Plan 2008-2011 - September, 2008.  

WPA-WHO cooperation

WPA Member Societies and Scientific Sections participate in the ICD-10 revision

The WPA and WHO leaderships are inviting the WPA Member Societies and relevant Scientific Sections to participate in the process of revision of the chapter on mental and behavioural disorders of the more

First Impact Factor of World Psychiatry: 3.896!

World Psychiatry, the official journal of the World Psychiatric Association, has just received its first impact factor, which is 3.896. The Association is grateful to all the colleagues who have produced articles for the journal, thus contributing to this achievement.


WPA International Congress

The WPA Florence Congress: 9,000 participants!

The WPA International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: a New Update”, held in Florence from 1 to 4 April, has been a major success. We have had about 9,000 participants from 125 countries. The scientific programme included, among the other ingredients, lectures delivered by the 10 top-cited scientists in psychiatry and psychology during the past 10 years, according to Essential Science Indicators.

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Iraq Mental Health Survey in World Psychiatry

The first survey on the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders in the Iraq population, carried out by the Iraq Ministries of Health and Planning in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has been accepted for publication in World Psychiatry, the WPA official journal.


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WHO-WPA Work Plan 2008-2011

A work plan has been established that includes:
  • Revision of the ICD-10 chapter on mental and behavioural disorders
  • Collaboration in the mhGAP
  • Partnership on mental health care in emergencies
  • Collaboration in the area of substance abuse
  • Partnership on involvement of users and carers
  • Click here to read a report by the WPA President

Train-the Trainers workshop

WPA-WHO Workshop


The WPA-WHO Workshop on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Areas Affected by Disasters and Conflicts took place at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva from 27 to 31 July, 2009.


WPA Programme on Depression in Persons with Physical Diseases

The WPA has started a programme aiming to raise the awareness of the prevalence and prognostic implications of depression in persons with physical diseases. Three books are being produced, dealing respectively with depression and diabetes, depression and cancer, and depression and heart disease. Three corresponding sets of slides will be developed, which will be translated in several languages and posted on the WPA website. Please

Choosing Psychiatry as a Career
Research Project

Choosing Psychiatry as a Career

The WPA has issued an international call for research projects aiming to assess the factors facilitating and those hampering the choice of psychiatry as a career. The deadline for submissions was June 30. Twenty submissions were received. The selected project, submitted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, is entitled “International study on student career choice in psychiatry”. This project will be funded by the WPA.

Research Projects funded by the WPA

Research Projects funded by the WPA

The WPA will fund the following research projects conducted by its Scientific Sections:

  1. Stigmatization of psychiatry and psychiatrists. An international control-group study”, submitted by the Sections on Schizophrenia, Stigma and Mental Illness, and Forensic Psychiatry;
  2. A cross-national multi-center study of depression, demoralization and functional impairment in cancer patients”, submitted by the Section on Transcultural Psychiatry.
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The WPA Train-the-Trainers Workshop: Ibadan

The 5-day WPA training workshop for the teachers of mental health in community health officers’ training institutions in the southwest of Nigeria took place at the University of Ibadan Conference Centre, Ibadan from 26 to 30 January, 2009.

University of Pittsburgh

Applications for a Research Fellowship

Research Fellowship in the Field of Mood Disorders.


As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is funding a research fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry & Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC). Ninety-four applications were received by the deadline of June 30. The selected fellow is Dr. Tolulope Theresa Bella, from Nigeria.

University of Maryland

Call for Applications for a Research Fellowship
Research on Psychosocial or Health Services Issues. As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is funding a research fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Case Western Reserve
Call for Applications for a Research Fellowship
Research on the phenomenology and therapeutics of bipolar disorder. As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is funding a research fellowship at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, USA.
Institute of Psychiatry, London
Call for Applications for a Research Fellowship
Research on international mental health. As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is
funding a research fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry of London.
University of Melbourne
Call for Applications for a Research Fellowship
Research on early intervention in emerging mental and substance use disorders in young people. As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is funding a research fellowship at the Centre for Youth Mental Health/Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Exemplary experiences

Exemplary experiences in Mental Health and Psychiatry across the World

The Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development (APCMHD) project was established in 2005 to explore diverse leading models or approaches to community mental health service delivery in the Asia-Pacific region. The objective is to illustrate and promote best practice in mental health care in the community through use of information exchange, current evidence and practical experience in the region.


SCARF is the acronym for the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Chennai (formerly Madras) in South India. SCARF was established in 1984 by a group of philanthropists and mental health professionals led by Dr. M. Sarada Menon, an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In the twenty five years since, SCARF has reinforced itself as a center of repute in rehabilitation and research in disorders of the mind.

WPA-WHO Policy Roundtable
October 2009

WPA Regional Meeting and WPA-WHO Policy Roundtable, Abuja (Nigeria), October 22-24, 2009


A WPA Regional Meeting, organized in collaboration with the African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals and the World Health Organization, will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 22-24, 2009. In parallel with the meeting, there will be a WPA-WHO Policy Roundtable, with the participation of politicians, policy makers and psychiatric leaders from sub-Saharan African countries.

A Course for Young Psychiatrists

A Course for Young Psychiatrists:
Singapore, February 25-28, 2009

A course on development of leadership and professional skills for young psychiatrists, led by N. Sartorius and co-sponsored by the WPA, took place in Singapore on February 25-28, 2009.

New WPA Educational Programmes

WPA Educational Programmes

Several educational products have been developed recently or are being developed by the WPA. by the WPA Secretary on Education, Allan Tasman, and to see some of these products.


News from Member Societies

Comorbidity of Opioid and HIV Infection Dependence in the Republic of Kazakhstan The problem of narcotic consumption and narcotic dependence has become especially actual in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as it is one of the priority problems threatening national safety.

News from Serbian Psychiatric Association. Workshop – Guidelines for Treatment of Psychotic Disorders.

News from Zone 16 Representative. Activities of WPA Zone 16 – Southern Asia. View a listing of past and upcoming meetings and events.

News from the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators will be held during the 2010 APA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on Sunday May 23, 2010.

Danish Psychiatric Association experiencing shortage of psychiatrists
Denmark is presently experiencing a shortage of psychiatrists with up to 25% of specialist posts vacant, and the National Board of Health estimates that this percentage will increase till 2020. Recruitment of medical students to the psychiatric discipline is thus of utmost importance.


Netherlands Psychiatric Association - International Conference on Transcultural Psychiatry, 13-16 June 2010. This conference addresses issues with the societal changes and their influence on clients and communities we need to reflect on our clinical practices, our research agenda and maybe also on the position of mental health workers in the public debate.

South Asian Forum International donation for IDPs in Sri Lanka & Pakistan
South Asian Forum International donates 1.300 Pounds for IDPs in Sri Lanka & Pakistan at a session organised at the 10th International Seminar on Psychiatry held at UK.

Latest Activity of the WPA Eastern European Zone: Russian Translation of “World Psychiatry” For most of the 10.000 psychiatrists working in the WPA Eastern European Zone, Russina is still the working language. As part of the Zone 10 Action Plan, the scientific journal of WPA, “World Psychiatry” (WP) has been translated into Russian.

News from the Association of Psychiatrists of Bosnia and Herzegovina Psychiatry days were held in Banja Luka from 20th to 21st of March 2009 with a focus on the ‘Contemporary Approach to Bipolar Affective Disorder’.

The Third Cuban Glossary of Psychiatry (GC-3) is the Cuban Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual developed by Cuban mental health professionals.


The WPA co-sponsored IV. Macedonian Psychiatric Congress and International Meeting with a wide international participation was held on 27-31 May, in the UNECSO city of Ohrid, Macedonia.


Please find the latest issue of the Bulletin of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA), led by the WPA Zonal Representative for Eastern Asia (Zone 17) Professor Naotaka Shinfuku.


News from Argentina Alfredo Cia, an officer of the Association of Argentinean Psychiatrists (APSA), has produced a short review of the transformation of mental health care systems in Argentina.

‘The day the mountains moved: international perspectives on handling psycho-trauma’ has been published by
U. Niaz.

Book Review: "When Blushing Hurts. Overcoming Abnormal Facial Blushing".
In an excellent book entitled When Blushing Hurts, noted Chilean psychiatrist Enrique Jadresic M.D. enlightens a clinical disorder known as pathological blushing (PB). The book presents an outstanding clinical description of the illness based on the author’s own experience as a patient accompanied by his precise phenomenological approach, derived from years of clinical practice.

A Psychiatrist Wanted for Great Cause
The Department of Psychiatry at Jimma University which is situated in Jimma, Ethiopia, is planning to launch a two year innovative graduate training program for mid-level health professionals. They are searching for a psychiatrist to help start a new program to train mental health professionals with master's degree.

News from the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria
Dr. Oyewusi Gureje, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine and who is also the President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria was conferred with the award of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) by the President of Nigeria.

The WPA Training Course in Disaster Management in Dhaka, Bangladesh A training course in disaster management is going to take place at the WPA Regional Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh (January 21-23, 2010).

News from the Norwegian Psychiatric Association
The Norwegian Psychiatric Association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. One of the most successful initiatives the association undertook during the celebration was to make a ten point manifesto on health policy.

The 4th SAARC Psychiatric Federation meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh
SAARC Psychiatric Federation organised its 4th regional meeting in Dhaka from 1-3 November 2008.

News from the South African Society of Psychiatrists
The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) has, at its last annual general meeting at Fancourt, George converted from an Associated to a Not–for–Profit Company.

News from the Russian Society of Psychiatrists
The Annual Conference of Russian Society of Psychiatrists was held on 28-30 October 2008 in Moscow. The title was: Realization of subprogramme “Mental disorders” of Federal dedicated programme “Prevention and control of socially significant diseases”.

Latest news from the Kyrgyz Psychiatric Association
The esteemed Professor V. V. Solojenkin was the founder and leader of Kyrgyz Psychiatric Association (KPA) until 2007. After the elections that had taken place in 2007 a new Executive Committee was formed.

WAM Earthquake Quetta Pakistan
A team comprising of President Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) and Immediate Past President Prof. Riaz Bhatti with other eminent psychiatrists visited the earthquake area.

Psychiatry Board Certification
Psychiatry board certification examinations were initiated in Turkey in 2006. The aim was to motivate psychiatrists who had already been qualified in psychiatry to be up to date in recent developments in the field, thus improving good clinical practice and quality of psychiatric services in the country.


Book announcement from the WPA Section on Preventive Psychiatry: Suicide Prevention (A Handbook for Community Gate Keepers). This book, edited by Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil (Co-chair, WPA Section on Preventive Psychiatry) and Varghese P. Punnoose was released on 28 April 2009.

Latest activities of the WPA Section on Education in Psychiatry, prepared by Bulent Coskun, Chair

Obituary: Professor Leon Eisenberg, M.D. The flag was lowered to half-staff in honor of Leon Eisenberg, the Maude and Lillian Presley professor emeritus of social medicine at HMS, who died on September 15th. Eisenberg is known around the world for innovative research in autism, groundbreaking advances in pediatric clinical trials and psychopharmacology, and integration of social experience into the study of disease.

BDSA: A screening scale for depression in athletes. The chair of the WPA Section on Exercise and Sports Psychiatry, ProfessorDavid Baron, has recently copyrighted a screening scale for depression in athletes (Baron Depression Scale for Athletes; BDSA). The Section is currently translating it for global use.

The WPA Section on Art and Psychiatry - Roots of Human Violence, By Hans-Otto Thomashoff By integrating neurobiology, psychoanalysis, psychology and child-psychology, a concept evolves which unveils a series of influences on the aggressive potential an individual person will develop as a character trait or under specific environmental circumstances.

News from the Latest Meeting of WPA Section on Old Age Psychiatry

Report from the WPA Transcultural Section; “TREATMENTS IN PSYCHIATRY: a new update” held in Florence, Italy on 1-4 April 2009

A new Global Burden of Disease study is underway.
The WPA Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry had a meeting at the Florence WPA 2009 Congress.
A Child and Adolescent Skill Training Programme will be held in Mumbai, India by the WPA Section on Psychiatry in Developing Countries.
Prof. Ian Brockington, a renowned expert in the area of women’s mental health, has produced recently two books dealing, respectively, with organic psychoses of pregnancy and puerperium and menstrual psychosis. Please read the tables of contents and some reviews.
The WPA Section on Art and Psychiatry announces the publication of the book ‘The person in art: conceptual and pictorial frames on art and mental health’.
The International Consensus Statement on Women’s Mental Health and the WPA Consensus Statement on Interpersonal Violence against Women
In 1999, women’s mental health leaders from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia began a fact finding process to determine the psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors which were most salient to women’s mental health and mental illness. At the 2001 First World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Berlin, they rank ordered these factors.

The WPA Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry has recently updated their Web pages to include their field of interest and activities.


XII Jornadas de Patología Dual This year the conference will ext end to three days as well as extend a call for papers on dual pathology.

IPOS Holds the 11th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Vienna, read moreAustria, June 2009. This was the first time that IPOS organized its meeting in Austria.

II International Congress on Dual Disorders
Organized by Sociedad Española de Patología Dual (SEPD), co-sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association and with the collaboration of theMinistry of Health and the Generalitat de Catalunya, the II International Congress on Dual Disorders will take place in Barcelona on 5-8 October 2011


European Conference on Children of Parents with Mental Illness: 26-27 November 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania. THE

FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, A major European Conference addressing the subject of children of parents with a mental illness

The training programme of the Spanish Society on Dual Pathology
The Spanish Society on Dual Pathology (Sociedad Española read more de Patología Dual - SEPD) has just launched its dual pathology training program in Spanish.

New Leadership

WPA Leadership (2008-2011) is installed. View photos and biosketches and read the first Board Report:

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The World Psychiatric Association


The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 134, spanning 112 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.


The WPA organizes the World Congress of Psychiatry every three years. It also organizes international and regional congresses and meetings, and thematic conferences. It has 65 scientific sections, aimed to disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of psychiatry. It has produced several educational programmes and series of books. It has developed ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid Declaration (1996).


What are its Aims? 

  • The core missions of WPA include the following:
  • To encourage the highest possible standards of clinical practice
  • To increase knowledge and skills about mental disorders and how they can be prevented and treated
  • To promote mental health
  • To promote the highest possible ethical standards in psychiatric work
  • To disseminate knowledge about evidence-based therapy and values based practice
  • To be a voice for the dignity and human rights of the patients and their families, and to uphold the rights of psychiatrists
  • To facilitate communication and assistance especially to societies who are isolated or whose members work in impoverished circumstances




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