WORLD ASSOCIATION OF CULTURAL PSYCHIATRY
FOUNDING PRINCIPLES AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
During the past several decades, there has been steadily increasing recognition of the importance of cultural influences on life and mental health. Culture impacts mental illness so that culturally relevant care is needed for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From a social point of view, there has been rapid social and cultural change, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. From a clinical perspective, there is a need to improve cultural competence to provide proper psychiatric care of each patient, considering the ethnic/race/cultural background, irregardless of minority or majority status. There is increasing awareness around the world of this need.
It is from this perspective that there is a desire to study and communicate about the influence of cultural factors on psychological well-being, psychological stress and illness, and mental health care for people around the world. This desire led an international group of scholars in cultural psychiatry to organize the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP).
“As part of the work of the board of directors on this 4° Congress, it was created a declaration about the crisis that migration represents in this days around the world, so, here by is the product of hard work and constructive discussions. The objective of this declaration is to take a position on the matter and disseminate it in all members of the association and participants in the congress to put forward on the decision and policy makers, so as every citizen around the world”.