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Women's Mental Health

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The Women's Mental Health (WMH) Section main purpose is to provide objective research findings and to inform health practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and the public about disparities between women and men in regard to risk, prevalence, presentation, course, and treatment of mental disorders.

The WMH section aims to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration between psychiatrists , mental health practitioners and government institutions so that appropriate sex- and gender-based interventions can be developed and used to enhance women’s overall wellbeing.

The WMH section has already published a position statements on the role of violence and discrimination in the genesis of mental health problems in women as well as a curriculum to be used in clinical and academic centres. These 2 documents have been approved and published in 5 languages.

Another matter of importance for the WMH section is that women’s mental health issues are always on the agendas of the thematic, regional and world WPA conferences. Finally the WMH targets to ensure a significant presence of women within WPA scientific and executive committees.

Section Officers


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Florence Thibaut

Address: Psychiatry/Addictive Disorders
University Hospital Cochin (Site Tarnier)

89 rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris, France

University Paris 




Mehnaz Zafar

Address: Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Community Psychiatry Services
Al Amal hospital, Emirates Health Services 



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Krishna Patel

Address: Psychiatrist (SAS Doctor - General Adult)

North Westminster CMHH,

7A Woodfield Road,

London W9 2NW

United Kingdom


Section Advisors


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Natalia Semenova

Address: Associate Professor
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University


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Gail Robinson

Address: Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto


>> Please click here to see the Section Members list

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