The Japanese Society Psychiatry and Neurology,
- Aware that the majority of people with mental illness in Asia and elsewhere in the world do not receive appropriate care;
－- 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 current scientific knowledge;
- 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:
1- 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.
2- 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 their illness.
3- 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.
4- 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.
5- 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.