News and Events

The World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) is affiliated to the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the two bodies share many common goals. The WASP working party on coercion in mental health care recently released a set of guiding principles and standards in late 2015, developed from the research and collaboration of members alongside issues highlighted in the literature and raised by human rights groups. These principles are set out below and are designed to be applicable in all countries:

  • All individuals in a community should have access to the most effective affordable mental health care that is available.
  • All individuals have the right to receive that care in the least restrictive manner possible.
  • Individuals have the right to determine their own needs and requirements for treatment as far as is possible.
  • Where treatment is compelled, this must be done proportionately, humanely, and in accordance with the relevant international conventions.
  • Countries must give mental health care parity with physical healthcare and allocate budgets and support accordingly.
  • High Income Group countries must support those in need to develop and improve their mental health services as a global ‘civic duty’.


Presentations organised for major international congress

Members of the group Yasser Khazaal, Jorun Rugkåsa, and Andrew Molodynski are presenting symposia about various aspects of coercion in psychiatry at the WPA congress on 8-12 October 2017 in Berlin. Please use the link below to see details of the conference:


Launch of a new European Society

The European Society of Social Psychiatry (ESSP) has recently been set up and will hold its inaugural conference on 3-6 July 2018 in Geneva.

There will undoubtedly be a focus on coercion in psychiatry among many other interesting topics, and it will represent great opportunity to be involved in a young and vigorous organisation and to discuss and learn about key issues.

We will post more information as it becomes available.


Coercion In mental health care- International perspectives

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Members of the group have worked over recent years with key academics, clinicians, and service users from around the world to create a book that takes a global perspective on the issue of coercion. There are chapters regarding the law, ethics, practical considerations, the effects of economy and culture and many more things. There is also a chapter from each continent identifying important regional issues for the first time in the literature.