World Psychiatric Association

The World Psychiatric Association ( WPA ) is an international umbrella organization of 135 associations of psychiatry and public health. Acting President (2012 ), Pedro Ruiz (United States), Acting Secretary-General (2012 ) is Levent Kuey (Turkey). German -speaking members of the WPA, the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology ( DGPPN ), the Austrian Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy ( ÖGPP ) and the Swiss Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy ( SGPP ). Worldwide companies from 117 countries with more than 200,000 psychiatrists are represented by the EPA.

History and Mission

The EPA went out, which was founded by Henri Ey 1950 Association mondiale de psychiatrie forth. In 1950 he organized the first Congress of Psychiatry in Paris in 1957 was followed by the second in Zurich. The formal establishment of the EPA in 1961 led to the wider international recognition. EPA objective is the creation of an international professional unit of professionals. To this end, the EPA under one roof psychiatrists from different national and cultural backgrounds, different schools and thoughts of different areas of interest and ideological directions, to expand the knowledge of people with mental illness and to promote, and wear care for them. The WPA organized regularly every few years, international congresses.

Prompted by complaints of political abuse of psychiatry, formulated the WPA 1977 ethical guidelines for psychiatric treatment. Since the early 1990s, the WPA was dedicated in collaboration with the World Health Organization intensified the psychiatric training.

Anti-stigma program "Open the doors"

In August 1999, the anti-stigma program "Open the Doors" was founded ( " open your doors " ) at the 11th World Congress of Psychiatry in Hamburg. This worldwide program is to contribute to reducing stigma and discrimination schizophrenic ill people. The program is being implemented by different countries on the following continents: Africa (Egypt ), Asia (China, India ) Australia / Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), Europe ( Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK ) and North America ( Canada).