President’s message

KallivayalilDear Colleagues,

As you know, the 22nd World Congress of Social Psychiatry, New Delhi, Nov 30- Dec 4, 2016 was a grand success with 1,100 delegates from 50 countries participating. It offered rich scientific content with 15 Plenary Lectures, 75 symposia, 15 workshops, 18 free paper sessions, 10 posters sessions, other special sessions and a dedicated Young Psychiatrist Track attended by 32 awardees from all over the world.  The WASP General Assembly has elected the following new office bearers for 2016-19, who have assumed office on Dec 4th.


President–  Prof Roy Abraham Kallivayalil (India)

President Elect– Prof Rachid Bennegadi (France)

Secretary General– Prof Fernando Lolas (Chile)

Treasurer– Prof Marianne Kastrup (Denmark)


It is my great pleasure to write to you as the WASP President. Let me appreciate the tremendous leadership provided by our Prof Tom Craig as President during 2013-16. We will continue the good work initiated by him, while charting out some new areas of activities as well.  “Mental Health in a Healthy Society” is the slogan, we would like to propose for the next triennium. It underlines the importance of not only mental health but also of a healthy society which we should promote as social psychiatrists and as mental health professionals. We should be interested in the all-round welfare of the Society we live in! Let me look forward to your support, co-operation and guidance.

Sincerely yours,


Prof Roy Abraham Kallivayalil

President, World Association of Social Psychiatry