The World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP) was created to respond to these challenges. WACP promotes the exchange of scientific and educational information on the role of culture in psychological wellbeing, emotional stress and illness, and mental health care around the world. WACP provides a forum for mental health professionals to network across geographical regions and to build clinical expertise as mental healthcare providers. WACP aims to strengthen the influence of cultural psychiatry in mental health care and health systems development overall.
WACP organizes World Congresses of Cultural Psychiatry (WCCPs) every three years in different regions of the world. The first WCCP was held in 2006 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, followed by Congresses in Norcia, Italy (2009), London, United Kingdom (2012), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2015), and New York, United States of America (2018). The 2021 World Congress will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Regional Congresses are also organized at various times, including an International Conference to be held in 2020 in Shanghai, China.