100th Annual Congress of JSPN Approved Dated 2002.8.26
The Japanese Society Psychiatry and Neurology (JSPN),
- Aware that the majority of people with mental illness in Asia and elsewhere
in the world do not receive
- Noting that the United Nations' resolution 119 recognizes the Human Rights
of people with mental illness
and that an appropriate treatment is a human right;、
- Noting with regret that less than half of the countries in the Asian-Pacific
region and in African have set up
mental health policies as recorded in the 2001 WHO World Health Report on Mental Health;
- Recognizing that the education and training in mental health matters
is insufficient and not in keeping with
- Considering that the 12th World Congress of Psychiatry takes place in Yokohama, Japan for the first time in
the Asian continent;
Recommends to all Member Societies of the WPA, particularly in Asia:
- To do everything in their power to introduce an adequate and comprehensive
treatment of mental patients in their country. This means that mental patients
receive a balanced treatment combining pharmacotherapy with advanced psychosocial
interventions for an optimal outcome. This also means that humane conditions
of treatment, both from the institutional point of view and in the relationship
between mental health workers and patients have to be promoted.
- To fight for rehabilitation of mental patients and their right to live
in their community so that they obtain the best quality of life despite
- To contribute and help in the development of mental health policy, mental
health legislations, and national mental health programmes, these being
the necessary instruments for such positive change in all countries, especially
in developing ones.
- To take an active role in the improvement of training and education in Mental Health matters, paying particular attention to the education of young psychiatrists.
- To ensure that all members of the community are involved in efforts to
relieve the burden of the illness from patients and their families. Patients,
their families, community agents, decision makers, health industry, media
and other social forces should be seen and sought as important partners
in this continuous endeavour.