The WPA was established to promote the advancement of psychiatry and mental health for all citizens of the world. Existing since 1950 as a strong and credible voice for the profession, WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies. It continues to grow. Currently it has 138 member societies in 118 countries and represents more than 250,000 psychiatrists.
As a global association, WPA occupies a unique position. It supports and works with its Member Societies. It benefits from growing collaborative work with international agencies, leading non-government and civil society organisations and research institutions in many countries.
It is well placed to lead and contribute to efforts to tackle key problems and take opportunities related to the mental health of people globally. This applies especially to those facing circumstances of adversity, vulnerability and disadvantage.