About this Webinar

Chair: Dr. Albert Persaud. Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience: Kings College. London

Speaker: Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE. Professor Emeritus Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, King’s College London

Speaker:  Professor João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia: Assistant (Aux.) Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, Medical School, Fundação do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil

Evidence shows that social determinants such as poverty, unemployment and overcrowding play a major role in precipitating and perpetuating mental ill-health among vulnerable populations. However, until relatively recently geopolitical determinants which affect nations across borders, and consequently may influence social determinants, have been discussed in isolation and not in a collective sense. The vulnerability of populations to mental illnesses, both directly and indirectly, have recently been illustrated by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine and subsequent migration of refugees across borders, recent conflicts in Afghanistan and elsewhere, natural and manmade disasters, as well as the consequences of climate change.

In this webinar learn more about Geopsychiatry, an exciting new development focusing on the interface between geopolitical events and their impact on the practice of psychiatry across all ages and subspecialities. Geopsychiatry deals with the effects of climate change, disasters, globalisation, population growth and population movements both internal and across borders, urban agglomeration and conurbations, agricultural production, industrialisation, socio-economic transformations, and cultural practices in managing mental illnesses.

Geopolitics is an important factor which deserves further attention in its own right. Mental health is a product of biopsychosocial factors and various social determinants are influenced by local, regional and national factors and policies. This webinar will show that Geopsychiatry as a discipline frames mental health and mental illnesses as a consequence of the continuing influence of geographically-rooted governmental systems, political influence and policymaking. Thus, to improve population’s mental health, inter-national factors must be looked at and addressed. Geopsychiatry thus offers a different perspective as it highlights the pluralistic nature of mental health and mental health care and focuses on collaboration across disciplines - both medical and non-medical.

This webinar is free to attend and there will be an opportunity for delegates to ask questions during the event.


This webinar is supported by the World Psychiatric Association Action Plan Group on Geopsychiatry 



Dr. Albert C. Persaud

Honorary Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King/s College London, London, UK. Co-Founder, The Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation International Foundation (careif), London, UK. Co-Chair, World Psychiatric Association Geopsychiatry Action Plan Working Group.

Albert completed a successful and distinguished career in the UK National Health Service and at the UK Department of Health. He has worked in various clinical settings, research and policy development in mental health and public health for over 40 years. He was acclaimed as one of the top 40 people of Asian origin to have influenced the development and shaping of the NHS; Nurturing the Nation: The Asian Contribution to the NHS since 1948.   He was awarded Honorary Life Membership (Fellow) by the General Assembly of the World Psychiatric Association and he was given the Seva Award for “Service to WACP and Contributions to Cultural Psychiatry” by the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP). Albert serves on several scientific committees and boards, including those of WACP, WHO and the European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research Committee. Over the past five years he has led on developing a discipline of psychiatry called Geopsychiatry, with a primary focus of “putting mental health into foreign policy” . He has published and co-authored numerous scientific papers and texts. He will co-edit a textbook on Geopolitical Determinants of Health in 2022 and another on Geopsychiatry due for publication in 2023.


Professor Dinesh Bhugra, CBE

MA, MSc, MBBS, DSc(Hon), PhD, FRCP,FRCPE, FRCPsych, FFPHM, FRCPsych(Hon),FHKCPsych(Hon), FACPsych(Hon),FAMS(Singapore), FKCL, MPhil,  LMSSA, FAcadME, FRSA, DIFAPA

President, Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008-2011). President, World Psychiatric Association (2014-2017). President, British Medical Association (2018-2019). Professor Emeritus of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Kings College London

As President of the WPA, he led on 30 Position Statements, some of which have strongly influenced policy in governments around the world. He established Presidential Task Forces on Child abuse and Neglect, Inter-personal Violence, Prisoner mental Health care, Migrant health care, LGBT populations’ mental health care and those of people with intellectual disabilities. He also developed a Bill of Rights for Individuals with mental Illness as well as Bills of Rights for Children and young people and for those with intellectual disabilities. As part of the First Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum he helped produce a document on mental health in the workplace.

As President of the BMA, he led on medicine’s social contract, the launch of an equity campaign and a survey of burnout among doctors and medical students. In 2013, he chaired the enquiry into racism in Cardiff Medical school and in 2016, he chaired an enquiry into the patient care and abuse in Hong Kong. He has written numerous scientific publications and he is the editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry and International Review of Psychiatry.