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Many papers of interest to clinicians, researchers and educators working in the field of psychiatry and mental health can be found on the WPA website (www.wpanet.org).

The WPA has produced during the past triennium four guidance papers, available on the website in several languages. They deal with steps, obstacles and mistakes to avoid in the implementation of community mental health care 1, how to combat stigmatization of psychiatry and psychiatrists 2, mental health and mental health care in migrants 3, and protection and promotion of mental health in children of persons with severe mental disorders 4.

Three sets of slides dealing with the recognition, epidemiology, pathogenesis, cultural aspects, medical costs and management of the comorbidity of depression with diabetes, heart disease and cancer have been also produced. These slides are available on the WPA website in 18 different languages.

The WPA has developed an educational module on physical illness in patients with severe mental disorders 5,6, available on the website in several languages. Two sets of slides based on this educational module have been also posted on the website.

The WPA Committee on Ethics has produced a set of recommendations for relationships of psychiatrists, health care organizations working in the psychiatric field and psychiatric associations with the pharmaceutical industry 7. An international task force has produced a set of WPA recommendations on best practices in working with service users and family carers 8. Another task force has developed a WPA template for undergraduate and postgraduate education in psychiatry and mental health. Two surveys have been conducted in collaboration with WPA Member Societies, exploring their views about various issues concerning diagnosis and classification of mental disorders 9 and strategies to reduce the treatment gap for mental disorders 10. Several papers and documents have been produced by the WPA Early Career Psychiatrists Council 11,12,13. Reports have been provided on various activities implemented within the WPA Programme on Disasters 14,15,16,17. All these documents are available on the website.

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    Thornicroft G, Alem A, Dos Santos RA et al. WPA guidance on steps, obstacles and mistakes to avoid in the implementation of community mental health care. World Psychiatry 2010; 9: 6777.
  • 2
    Sartorius N, Gaebel W, Cleveland H-R et al. WPA guidance on how to combat stigmatization of psychiatry and psychiatrists. World Psychiatry 2010; 9: 13144.
  • 3
    Bhugra D, Gupta S, Bhui K et al. WPA guidance on mental health and mental health care in migrants. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 210.
  • 4
    Brockington I, Chandra P, Dubowitz H et al. WPA guidance on the protection and promotion of mental health in children of persons with severe mental disorders. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 93102.
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    De Hert M, Correll CU, Bobes J et al. Physical illness in patients with severe mental disorders. I. Prevalence, impact of medications and disparities in health care. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 5277.
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    De Hert M, Cohen D, Bobes J et al. Physical illness in patients with severe mental disorders. II. Barriers to care, monitoring and treatment guidelines, plus recommendations at the system and individual level. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 13851.
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    Appelbaum P, Arboleda-Florez J, Javed A et al. WPA recommendations for relationships of psychiatrists, health care organizations working in the psychiatric field and psychiatric associations with the pharmaceutical industry. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 1558.
  • 8
    Wallcraft J, Amering M, Freidin J et al. Partnerships for better mental health worldwide: WPA recommendations on best practices in working with service users and family carers. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 22937.
  • 9
    Reed GM, Correia JM, Esparza P et al. The WPA-WHO Global Survey of Psychiatrists' Attitudes Towards Mental Disorders Classification. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 11831.
  • 10
    Patel V, Maj M, Flisher AJ et al. Reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders: a WPA survey. World Psychiatry 2010; 9: 16976.
  • 11
    Fiorillo A, Lattova Z, Brahmbhatt P et al. The Action Plan 2010 of the WPA Early Career Psychiatrists Council. World Psychiatry 2010; 9: 623.
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    Fiorillo A, Brahmbhatt P, Elkholy H et al. Activities of the WPA Early Career Psychiatrists Council: the Action Plan is in progress. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 159.
  • 13
    Fiorillo A, Luciano M, Giacco D et al. Training and practice of psychotherapy in Europe: results of a survey. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 238.
  • 14
    van Ommeren M, Jones L, Mears J. Orienting psychiatrists to working in emergencies: a WPA-WHO workshop. World Psychiatry 2010; 9: 1212.
  • 15
    Ravenscroft K. My experience in Haiti: a brief report. World Psychiatry 2010; 9: 1912.
  • 16
    Bromet EJ. Lessons learned from radiation disasters. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 834.
  • 17
    Akiyama T. Addressing the mental health consequences of the Japan triple catastrophe. World Psychiatry 2011; 10: 85.