The 3rd edition of the EPA Forum was successfully hosted in Florence on 1 April 2017. The event preceded the official opening of the EPA Congress 2017, under the motto “Together for Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities”.
First introduced in 2015, the Forum brings together EPA Council of National Society/Association (NPA) members and EPA Individual members and Congress participants, along with other European organisations, stakeholders and policy makers, to present and discuss matters of European importance in the field of Mental Health and Mental Health Care.
This year the Forum was attended by over 220 participants. Presenters and discussants focused on mental health as an essential component of public health, and the need for involving all key players to effectively identify and bridge the gaps in the organisation of Mental Health Services across Europe.
Remarkable presentations from high-level experts in the field of mental health were followed by fruitful exchanges with the audience. A general consensus was reached on the importance of working together towards common goals, taking into consideration the gaps, specificities and complementarity of the health care systems in Europe. In particular, the different stakeholders should join forces to share good practices, invest more in research, strengthen prevention policies, and improve academic performance and training.
EPA would like to thank all the participants and in particular the speakers for their contribution and commitment to improving mental health in Europe.
Click here to download the Forum programme for speakers and presentation titles.
|9:00 - 9:15||
Welcome and Introduction
|9:15 - 10:30
Mental health as an essential component of public health
Chair: Silvana Galderisi
|Public mental health: Time to translate evidence into practice.|
|The failure to translate evidence into practice: Is it a matter of cost-effectiveness?|
|Promoting and protecting mental health in Europe: Challenges and opportunities|
10:30 - 11:50
|Norman Sartorius||Mental health services in Europe: An overview|
|Merete Nordentoft||The organisation of Mental Health Services in Northern Europe|
|Angelo Fioritti||The Organisation of Mental Health Service in Southern Europe|
|Cyril Höschl||The organisation of Mental Health Service in Eastern Europe|
12:00 - 13:30
|Hilkka Kärkkäinen (GAMIAN)||The point of view of the users|
|Miia Männikkö (EUFAMI)||The point of view of the families|
|Henk Parmentier (WONCA)||The point of view of the European general practitioners|
|Martin Ward (HORATIO)||The point of view of the European Psychiatric Nurses|
|Moderator: Wolfgang Gaebel||General Discussion|