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In line with the WPA Action Plan 2008-2011, WPA has been is in the process of improving its organizational image and identity, and the WPA Media Channels had played an important role in this process.

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Facts about the WPA website (www.wpanet.org)*

The WPA website, currently hosting more than 3500 items, reflects and reconstructs the activities of all the WPA components. All these material are freely downloadable.

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The WPA website: with a new face and infrastructure

The WPA website is reconstructed and redesigned lately with a higher quality content and aesthetics based on a well developed infrastructure.

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WPA Media Channels reflecting the richness of diversities in the WPA

Concerning its organizational structure, WPA is based on an effective international representation through its national member societies and international affiliated associations.

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Solidarity: a core value of WPA reflected in WPA News

Solidarity, along with internationalism, is one of the core values of the WPA. These core values contained and reflected in its daily activities, while sculpturing the inter-organizational and intra-organizational relations, also construct the identity and image of the association.

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The WPA News: voice of the WPA Components

The WPA News had established itself as a comprehensive and balanced voice of all of the components of our organization. As the previous issues of the last couple years, this issue also reflects many promising activities in the field of psychiatry and mental health across the world.

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Internationalism: a core value of WPA reflected in WPA News

All organizations, especially the international ones with a long history as the WPA, have some traditions and values besides their officially stated Statutes and By-Laws. These core values contained and reflected in its daily activities, while sculpturing the inter-organizational and intra-organizational relations, also construct the identity and image of the association, like the waves of the seas would shape the shores of the lands, gradually.

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Reflecting and Reconstructing

WPA is enjoying another of its transition periods between two Secretary Generals’ terms. Based on its nearly 60 years of solid history and looking forward for future advances, this transitional period also sets the basis for revitalization; so will the WPA News enjoy this renewal process.

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Living in diversity: fact or wishful thought?

The discussions around the challenges of living in diversity have been a focus of interest both in psychiatric and mental health circles and in intellectual circles and disciplines of humanities especially in the last couple of decades.

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WPA News: a comprehensive and balanced voice of WPA Components

WPA News had established itself as a comprehensive and balanced voice of the components of our organization. WPA News is more than a newsletter disseminating information from center to the periphery; it is also a very efficient media channel in improving communication and interactionin between WPA Components and international organizations.

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Hope and empowerment via international solidarity

This issue of WPA News, once more, reflects the strength of our association by covering the contributions of the WPA components in a balanced and comprehensive way. The strength of WPA is based on its ability in mobilizing international solidarity in the fields of psychiatry and mental health.

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New year, New hopes, New actions

This last issue of 2009 of the WPA News is bringing significant information on activities of the WPA Components across the world; paving the way for new hopes for the coming New Year of 2010.

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Focusing on the latest developments in psychiatry and mental health

Worldwide efforts in facing the challenges of current theory and practice of psychiatry and mental health are multi-centered and multi-colored. The World Psychiatric Association, especially through implementing its Action Plan 2008-2011, deserves to be considered as a prominent player in the context of these endeavors. You could follow the improvements in this regard on pages one to six of this issue of WPA News.

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Approaching to the end of another triennium

Approaching to the end of another triennium in WPA invites its components to review their work. The upcoming WPA General Assembly to be held in Buenos Aires, September 21, 2011, will give us the opportunity to discuss the effectiveness of our activities further and guide the WPA leadership for our future work.

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Improving organizational identity for the benefit of people with mental illness

WPA is in the process of improving its organizational image and identity and the WPA media channels are playing an important role in this process.

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A New Year: the beginning of a new triennium with new hopes and new actions

The WPA is celebrating the beginning of a new triennium after its highly successful World Congress of Psychiatry and General Assembly held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2011.

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Latest News from the WPA Secretariat

After our highly appreciated WPA Administrator Anna Engström had moved from Geneva, due to family reasons, a smooth transition period was completed at the Secretariat.

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WPA is broadening its impact

This issue of the WPA News reveals various promising latest activities of our organization. Many news items coming from the WPA components, as pieces of a great puzzle, construct our unity in diversity and mirror the broadening impact of WPA in improving the quality of our professional field.

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Geneva time / time in WPA

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” (Andy Warhol, 1977)

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The WPA website with a new face and infrastructure

We are pleased to announce that the WPA website has been reconstructed and redesigned lately, aiming a website that is easy to browse for the users, easy to manage for the webmasters and editor, and with a higher quality content and aesthetics based on a well developed infrastructure.

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An informative media and a kind invitation

We are delighted to see the increasing interest of the WPA Components in sending us news on their latest activities, which clearly shows us that the WPA Media Channels have established them-selves as comprehensive and balanced tools in the eyes of all the components of our organization.

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The voice of the WPA Components in the WPA Media Channels

Many comments we are receiving show us that the WPA Media Channels reached an international recognition and have become a rewarding platform where activities, experiences and opinions of the WPA Components are shared in a balanced way.

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