Mission & Goals

The WAPR is an international NGO of interdisciplinary mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational-therapists, social educators, etc.) and people with service user and family member experiences from all over the World.
The WAPR is at the same time a scientific society, a multi-disciplinary professional organisation and an advocacy group.

The mission of the WAPR is to disseminate the principles and practices of psychosocial rehabilitation.

The mission of the WAPR is to disseminate the principles and practices of psychosocial rehabilitation.

Psychosocial rehabilitation is defined as a process that facilitates the opportunity for individuals who live with a mental health conditions that affects their ability to participate fully in society, to reach their optimal level of functioning in the community. It implies partnering with individuals in order to increase their competencies and introduce environmental changes that improve their quality of life.

Principles

  1. In accordance with the UN-CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), the WAPR is committed to promoting the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities.
    The WAPR affirms the non- discriminating rights of all people, including those with psychosocial disabilities, to health, housing, education, employment, participation in social, political and cultural life as well as the right to be free from exploitation, violence and abuse.
  2. The WAPR is committed to promoting the recovery of people with mental health conditions with their full partnership in line with the statement “Nothing about us without us”.

Goals and activities
Within this frame of reference, the WAPR is dedicated to:

promoting mental health as a key component of public health, well-being of individuals, families, communities and society

consulting to local, national and international agencies in order to improve care, rehabilitation and services for people with mental health conditions

exchanging international experiences and best practices in the field of recovery and rehabilitation of persons with mental health conditions

collaborating with the UN, the WHO, the International Labour Office and the WPA, by supporting their strategies for the treatment and rehabilitation of people with psychosocial disabilities within a framework of community-based care

ensuring the effective and meaningful participation of persons with psychosocial disabilities at all levels of mental health policy, service development and delivery and research in a manner that reflects collaboration, respect, transparency and democracy (download)

addressing health inequalities and inequities (Social determinants of health. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2022)

promoting national and international legislation, policies and programmes to meet the needs and human rights of persons with mental health conditions

organizing training opportunities that introduce human rights-based strategies for psychosocial rehabilitation in specialist and primary health care services

developing educational programs to ensure maximum public, professional and government understanding of the needs and rights of people with psychosocial disabilities

enhancing the development of peer support work, organization of associations, and mutual and self-help groups of individuals experiencing mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities and their carers

providing technical assistance to low- and middle-income countries interested in funding and development of community- and human rights-based rehabilitation programs

encouraging research into innovative approaches to the integrated care and recovery of people with mental health conditions

defining of standards, benchmarks and quality improvement tools in relation to a human rights-based approach to community care