Message from the President, WPA

I would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed of various activities which have been happening since my last communication two months ago.

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Mitsumoto SATO is the recipient of the Jean Delay Prize 2014

The WPA announces that Mitsumoto SATO, Professor of Psychiatry at the Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Japan, is the recipient of the Jean Delay Prize 2014.

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Message from the Secretary General

Hearty Greetings for the New Year 2015. May you have a happy, peaceful and prosperous Year ahead. Let me express my profound gratitude to all of you and especially the Member Societies of WPA for electing me to this high office.

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The WPA-WHO Global Survey of Psychiatrists’ Attitudes Towards Mental Disorders Classification

This article describes the results of the WPA-WHO Global Survey of 4,887 psychiatrists in 44 countries regarding their use of diagnostic classification systems in clinical practice, and the desirable characteristics of a classification of mental disorders.

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WPA Guidance Papers are published

As part of its Action Plan 2008-2011, the WPA has produced four guidance papers on "Steps, obstacles and mistakes to avoid in the implementation of community mental health care", "How to combat stigmatization of psychiatry and...

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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.

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WPA Educational Module - Physical Illness in Patients with Severe Mental Disorders

I. Prevalence, impact of medications and disparities in health care

II. Barriers to care, monitoring and treatment guidelines, plus recommendations at the system and individual level

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From Allan Tasman, MD, Chair WPA Section on Education in The Provider’s Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O)

The Provider’s Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) is a free, convenient resource for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who treat patients

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World Mind Matters Day

On the 4th September 2015, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) launched the first ever ‘World Mind Matters Day’, a global campaign that aims to achieve a FAIR DEAL in mental healthcare across the world

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News from WPA Components

The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies, presently 137, spanning 118 different countries. Here you will find the recent news on the activities of the WPA Member Societies.

WPA Scientific Sections are considered as the scientific backbone of the WPA. Here you will find the recent news on the activities of the 65 Scientific Sections of the WPA.

WPA has 18 Zonal Representatives mediating between the EC and the Member Societies of their zones. Here you will find the recent news on the activities of the WPA Zonal Representatives..

Associations whose goals are consonant with those of the WPA could become as Affiliated Associations, presently more than 30. Here you will find the recent news on the activities of them.

WPA Secretary General, being the editor of the WPA Website and the WPA News, facilitates the process of their publication. Here you will find the recent news on related activities.
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The MSc in Global Mental Health is offered jointly by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.


We would like to invite you to attend the 1st Global Meeting in Spirituality and Mental Health (4th-5th November 2015, Florianópolis – SC, Brazil).

As in many countries the predominant reactions in Germany to the fatal crash of the Germanwings flight have been shock, disbelief and profound concern. However, the search for a scapegoat has quickly brought people with mental illness to the focus of public debate.This is why our association has published a statement which has received recognition by journalists, psychiatrists and patients alike.

Recognizing efforts to improve mental health care  By Norman Sartorius, MD, PhD.
President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and member of the Board of Swiss Foundation for World Health.

Latest WPA News
Order of Canada for Prof Donna Stewart

We are very happy to inform you, our WPA Zone 1 Representative Donna Stewart is being inaugurated by Canada’s Governor General (the Queen’s representative) into the Order Of Canada for her pioneering life accomplishments in women’s health. This award is Canada’s highest civilian award (and replaces British knighthoods in Canada ).
Our heartiest congratulations to Donna for this outstanding achievement!

Prof Miguel Jorge Elected to WMA EC

Prof. Miguel R. Jorge, a past World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Secretary for Sections (2005-2011), was elected Chair of the World Medical Association (WMA) Social-Medical Affairs Committee and - as such - a member of its Executive Committee, during the WMA 200th Council Meeting in last April.