Welcome Message

Psychiatry and mental health are witnessing rapid changes especially with the current pandemic that is placing a big impact on health care systems around the globe. Today, treatment and recovery of mental disorders go hand in hand with promotion and prevention and there is an increased interest in rehabilitation and psycho-social interventions.

WPA, as a representative professional organisation, has always taken the changing scenes in mental health as a new challenge.  Although our profession may be seen being under threat, there are many opportunities that can help us consolidate psychiatry as an inspiring branch of medicine & social sciences. Bound in the history of Psychiatry is a search for an identity which has been complex & complicated, I am pleased that we have been successful in achieving many milestones aiming and reaching the highest possible mental wellbeing in our practices and policies.

I am pleased that WPA is organizing its 21st World Congress at Cartagena, Colombia from 18-21 Oct 2021. The congress will have a general theme “New world, New Challenges for Psychiatry & Mental Health” and we will examine and discuss all the crucial issues in psychiatry and mental health. We will set up an exciting scientific program with numerous keynote lectures that convoy our present scientific and technological revolution. Certainly, you will profit from up-to-date research data, the best lectures from experts in all fields of mental health, a high quality scientific content, interaction between mental health & other health & social care professionals, patients and careers, and relevant peer-to-peer networking.

Furthermore, whether your contribution is in the field of psychopathology, biologic psychiatry, pharmacotherapy, psychiatric training, psychotherapy, social psychiatry, rehabilitation, prevention or services organization it will surely be an opportunity to share our knowledge.

Cartagena is considered among the most beautiful cities in the American regions. In addition to attending a high quality scientific deliberations, you will have the chance to enjoy this beautiful part of the world which has been consistently, over the last years, coming as one of the most favorable travel destination for its amazing historical patrimony, culture, natural wonders and the warm-welcoming Colombian, Latin, Central & South American people.

Needless to say, in our Congress you will find a kind-hearted reception, informed scientific discussions, great networking prospects and enjoyable cultural and gastronomical events.

We look forward to seeing you in Cartagena, Colombia from 18-21 Oct 2021!

Dr Afzal Javed
President World Psychiatric Association

Dr Afzal Javed
President World Psychiatric Association