Welcome to the Congress
Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Сentury: The effectiveness and coherence of this interdisciplinary work will largely determine the present and the future of the young generation of the world. The pace of life in today's world is accelerating, the everlasting values are being questioned, the value of the basic social institutions is being leveled under the influence of global processes, uncontrolled information flows and technical progress.
Mental disorders have been described as one of the most devastating disorders of mankind. To tackle these problems, holistic approach of Yoga and other spiritual sciences which targets five levels of existence (Pancha Kosas - i.e., physical, (Prana or) subtle energies, mental and intellectual levels), will specifically help persons with mental illness in at least five ways:
Calming effect: The more agitated a person is, the more difficult they find it to practice yoga and to relax. However, with more physical practices as Asanas, breathing practices and Kriyas (cleansing techniques as kapalabhati, Trataka, Neti, etc.) most patients with mental illness will be able to benefit by reducing the agitations they feel.
Increasing awareness: Yoga practice increases awareness of oneself and of ones’ surroundings. As a patient begins to be aware of the most basic physical sensations as heartbeat, pulse, etc., it becomes easier to suggest increasing the scope of awareness to include awareness of the surroundings and of other people.
Increasing the attention span: One of the reasons why it is very difficult for a mentally ill-patient to return to work even after the acute phase is because of the markedly reduced attention span and easy distractibility. A short attention span and the tendency to be easily distracted, make it very difficult for a schizophrenia patient to see any task through to completion, successfully. By practicing yoga, a patient may be able to maintain a state of focused attention with greater ease and for longer periods.
Acceptance and adaptability: One of the challenges for rehabilitation of persons with mental illness is that even if they are adequately rehabilitated in their homes, the environment there is often so unhealthy that they get a relapse. Certain ideas of acceptance and adaptability, which are part of yoga counseling, help the subjects to make a good transition from the therapy center to the world outside.
A sense of security: Bhakti yoga or indeed any form of devotion and surrender to a supreme entity or a role model of a person will be of great source of strength to a “recovered” patient (i.e., a person who, through medication, no longer has symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, or bizarre behavior, in general). Very often, during the course of a long and difficult illness a patient may lose contact with his family. For a recovered patient this lack of support may give rise to feelings of insecurity, reduce the chances of further improvement and even bring about a relapse. This is where a sense of bhakti or devotion and surrender to a supreme or ideal being may give the person an anchor with a feeling of reassurance and of security.
We hope that the Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century will be a leading global discussion platform for international experts from various fields - health, science and education, yoga & spirituality arts and culture, law and economics, social welfare, media, sport and fitness, social and business circles - where they can share experiences, offer innovative problem-solving.
Prof.Dr.Ganesh Shankar- Secretary-YPAI
President of the World Council for psychotherapy (Asian Chapter), Founder President of the Asian Federation for Psychotherapy (AFP), Hon. Gen. Secretary of Yoga&Psychotherapy Association of India, Ph.D , D.Litt. (Yoga Psychotherapy)
Dr. Oleg P. Chestnov
Assistant Director–General on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization
Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association (2014-2020), President Elect of the World Association of Social Psychiatry
Mr. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky
The Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA)
Vitaliy V. Rubtsov
Rector of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE), President of the Federation of Russian Educational Psychologists, Ph.D. in Psychology
Zurab I. Kekelidze
Director General of the V. Serbsky Federal Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, anesthesiologist, psychologist, Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Honored Doctor
Dr. Bonnie Kirsh
Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto)
Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Clinical Psychologist, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College, United Nations Representative of the World Council of Psychologists (WCP), author and journalist
Nikita S. Mikhalkov
President of the Russian Cultural Fund, Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, People's Artist of RSFSR, Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts
Russian rapper, composer, TV and radio presenter, actor, scriptwriter, film director and producer
Dr. Gordana Milavic
MD., F.R.C.Psych., Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Co-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section of the WPA
Natalia V. Parshikova
State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Education, Professor
Alexey S. Akindinov
Regional General Manager of AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow & AZIMUT Hotel Tulskaya Moscow
Vladimir D. Mendelevich
Director of Institute for Research of Problems of Mental Health, WHO-expert, MD, Professor
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaebel
President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), M.D., Professor of Psychiatry
Nikolay G. Neznanov
President of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, Director St.Petersburg V.M. Bekhterev Psychoneurological Research Institute, President World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP), MD, Professor
Dr. Mohammad Khodayarifard., Ph. D.
Vice-president of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education, The University of Tehran
Dr. Edward Chan
President of the Asian Federation of Psychotherapy (AFP), President of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP)
Darlyne G. Nemeth
Co-Secretary General of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Member of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives, Ph.D., M.P., M.P.A.P.
President of Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy – ABRAP, President of Latin-American Federation of Psychotherapy - FLAPSI
Prof. Alfred Pritz
President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, General secretary of the European Association for Psychotherapy, Ph.D in Psychopathology and Pedagogics, Rector of the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna
Professor psychoanalyst, Rector of the Sigmund Freud University Paris, Executive member of the World Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy, Vice President of European Confederation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Yuri P. Zinchenko
President of the Russian Psychological Society, Dean of the Department of Psychology at Moscow State University, Psy.D., Professor
Viktor V. Makarov
President of the Russian professional psychotherapeutic league of Russia, Vice-President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, MD, Professor