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30.10.2017 – EPA President Silvana Galderisi addressed the following message to all EPA leaders, members and supporters in the most recent Newsletter from October 2017:

prof. Silvana GalderisiDistinguished Colleagues, Dear EPA Members,

My message is aimed to highlight the main achievements and challenges of the first 10 months of intense work as EPA President.
I will start with the European Congress of Psychiatry. The EPA has improved the scientific quality, visibility and impact of the Congress, has increased the number of participants and stimulated the participation of colleagues from countries outside Europe, including lower-middle income countries. In fact, in Florence, the largest ever number of participants, included 22% from outside Europe and, among them, a large number of attendees from lower-middle income countries (e.g. Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Pakistan).
The EPA is increasingly promoting the balance between genders in EPA committees, courses and congress sessions. In addition, the “EPA Pascal-Boyle Prize of €10 000 for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe” will now be awarded every year during the European Congress of Psychiatry. The prize is aimed to publicly acknowledge and increase awareness of the outstanding achievements by women working to improve mental health care in Europe.
The EPA leaders and the Council of NPAs have been working closely together in order to pursue important goals of the EPA strategic Action Plan 2017/2018. In particular, four working groups have been created: “Identity of Psychiatry”, “Mental Health in the Work Place” “Mental Health at Schools” and “Ethical Code in the Communication with Stakeholders”.  Their deliverables will be proposed for endorsement by all NPAs and by the EPA Board, before planning a wider dissemination. In addition, to enhance the role of the EPA as “service provider” for the NPAs, a Task Force has been created to identify the needs of NPAs in terms of information and communication with the EPA, to facilitate their access to EU policy documents and grant opportunities, and to disseminate information relevant to best practices in the field of mental health care. Within this frame, a new EPA newsletter tailored to NPAs’ needs and interests will be launched in early 2018.
As to the challenges, the EPA has faced the need to respond to the report of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (A/HRC/35/21). A letter of response was addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur, in which great concern and disappointment was expressed for the image of psychiatry and psychiatrists emerging from the document, together with the wish to establish a constructive dialogue and work together for the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health for everyone. The EPA has not been alone in this endeavor, and other Associations have reacted in a similar vein.
Dear EPA Members, distinguished Colleagues, I have been through 10 months of intense work. The EPA Board, Council, Standing Committees, Section Chairpersons and Staff of the Administrative Offices have provided invaluable contribution. Much has been done, but a lot remains to be done. Your participation, support and collaboration will make it possible.

Silvana Galderisi
EPA President


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10 October is World Mental Health Day

10.10.17 – Initiated as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, 2017 marks the 25th year of focusing on important issues in international mental health. The theme for 2017 is “Mental Health in the Workplace”, aimed at promoting environments where “workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees.”

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Work is good for mental health but a negative working environment can lead to physical and mental health problems.
  • Depression and anxiety have a significant economic impact; the estimated cost to the global economy is US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
  • Harassment and bullying at work are commonly reported problems, and can have a substantial adverse impact on mental health.
  • There are many effective actions that organizations can take to promote mental health in the workplace; such actions may also benefit productivity.

The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) endorses the initiative and its theme, which are both fully in line with the Declaration on Quality of Psychiatry and Mental Health Care in Europe adopted by EPA in 2013, stating that the level of civilization of a society can best be measured by the quality of care that it offers to its children, the elderly and all individuals vulnerable because of impairments due to illness or other reasons.

Please visit the World Federation for Mental Health website for more information about this year’s initiative.


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Calling all eligible early career psychiatrists: EPA has now opened the application process for the 2018 Research Prizes and Scholarship Programme!

Research Prizes

EPA will award Research Prizes of €2000 each to early career psychiatrists working in the WHO Europe region, who have published the best scientific papers in 2017 in selected categories. One of the categories will highlight the best scientific paper accepted for publication in European Psychiatry Journal in 2017.

Selected candidates who attend the Opening Ceremony on 3 March 2018 will also be reimbursed up to €500 for travel and accommodation costs, upon presentation of original receipts and documentation.

Apply by 23 October 2017!

Visit the Research Prizes page for more information about the prizes and eligibility criteria.

ECP Scholarship Programme

Selected early career psychiatrists or trainees for the EPA Scholarship Programme will receive 2018 European Congress of Psychiatry registration, travel and accommodation, event invitations and other exclusive advantages. Early career psychiatrist or trainee candidates must be working in countries that make up the WHO Europe region.

Apply by 23 November 2017!

Visit the ECP Scholarships page for more information about the Scholarship Programme and eligibility criteria.


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The EPA’s coalition of National Society/Association Members (NPAs) has been joined by two new National Psychiatric Associations:

With these new additions, the number of EPA’s NPAs has reached 42, representing 39 countries.

For information on how to become a National Society/Association Member, please visit the NPAs page.


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Brussels, 22 June 2017 — The Value of Treatment EPA Working Group on Schizophrenia

EPA attends meeting of Governmental Expert group for mental health

On 8 June, EPA participated in the meeting of the Governmental Expert group for mental health in Luxembourg to exchange views and stimulate strategic discussions between the European Commission (DG Sante), Governmental Experts, WHO and relevant NGOs around mental health issues. EPA President Prof. Silvana Galderisi represented the association, while Prof. Tamas Kurimay, Chair of the EPA Council of National Psychiatric Associations (NPAs) also attended in his capacity as National Expert for Hungary.

The main topics discussed focused on the latest policy developments in the field of mental health and the main areas for action. In particular, Mental Health Europe and EUFAMI presented the Joint Statement on mental health, supported by 20 signatory organisations and open for further support. Other issues addressed covered recent WHO initiatives around depression and mental health at work, as well as an update on the Commission’s activities in the field of e-health.

Visit the European Commission website for more information on the Commission’s policies on mental health.


EPA participates in the 2nd EU Compass Forum on Mental Health

Continuing EPA representation in Luxembourg, on 8 and 9 June 2017, Prof. Galderisi also attended the second Annual EU Compass Forum on Mental Health and Well-being. The purpose of the Forum was to discuss the progress of the implementation of policy recommendations of the Joint Action European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Well-being.

Key stakeholders who participated in the Forum included policy makers and Member State representatives, NGOs, as well as mental health care providers, professionals, and service users.

The focus of this year’s Forum was Mental Health at Work, Mental Health at Schools, and Prevention of Suicide. An EU Compass scientific paper on the theme of mental health at work was presented and both days included interactive break-out sessions to discuss the key topics. Moreover, the results of the annual EU Compass surveys regarding the activities of member States and stakeholders in mental health were presented.

More information, including a summary report of the event, is available on the European Commission website. 

Follow the links for video recordings of the event:
Day 1 (8 June 2017)
Day 2 (9 June 2017) 


Final Conference on the Value of Treatment for Brain Disorders research project

The final Conference on the EBC Value of Treatment for Brain Disorders (VoT) research project took place on 22 June in Brussels. The event, hosted under the auspices of the Maltese EU Presidency, addressed the issue of the burden of diseases in the current health care system and proposed evidence-based and cost-effective solutions to achieve high value for patients.

On this occasion, EPA Past President Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel presented key results of the EPA-led Working Group on Schizophrenia, which include EPA experts as well as other key stakeholders interested in the field of schizophrenia (LSE, ECNP, GAMIAN, EUFAMI) and industry partners.

A Policy White Paper presenting the VoT research conclusions and key policy recommendations was officially launched.  The Paper highlights the need for more investment into research on neurological and mental diseases and the wide disparities between and within countries relating to treatments, detection and intervention. The EU spends just over €3 a year per patient on research into brain disorder, while levels of access to treatment in many Member States are becoming worse. Timely intervention brings measurable health gains such as improved survival rates, reduced complications and disability, better quality of life and lower treatment costs. In the field of schizophrenia in particular, the provision of early detection and early intervention programmes is of great importance for an effective management of the illness.

More information on the VoT project and its results is available on the EBC website.


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EPA 2017 Florence Photo Gallery


Relive your favourite moments from EPA 2017 Florence ! 

Click here to access photos from the EPA Forum, Opening Ceremony, congress sessions, E-poster presentations and much more. 

EPA 2017 Florence Abstract Book

Click here to access the EPA Florence 2017 Interactive Digital Abstract Book.

EPA 2017 Florence e-Posters

Click here to access e-Posters from EPA 2017 Florence.

EPA 2017 Florence Certificates

Click here to request your congress certificate (CME credits).

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Capture d’écran 2017-04-07 à 10.01.2207.04.2017 — Today on 7 April, World Health Day, the European Brain Council, together with EPA and other member organisations, is launching the Depression Challenge, calling on all European people and governments to pledge their
commitment and resources towards reducing the rate of untreated depression to less than 10% by 2030.

Read the Joint Statement for more information about this initiative.


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EPASUMSCHOOL_2017Facebook-stamp24.03.2017 – EPA is pleased to announce that the EPA 2017 Summer School will take place on 7-10 September in Strasbourg, France and will focus on the topic “ABCs of Psychotherapy.”

Led by a renowned faculty, the Summer School programme aims at developing the participants’ communication skills and covering the basics of conducting a psychotherapeutic interview. The event is tailored for psychiatrists who are either trainees within 2 years of completion of specialist training and who reside in a country that forms part of the WHO Europe region.

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2017

For more information, please visit the application page


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17.02.2017 - After yet another year with many exceptional submissions, the jury selected 10 winners for the 2017 EPA Research Prizes and 5 winners for the ECP Scholarship Programme

EPA warmly congratulates all of its 2017 Prize Winners! 

For the complete lists of awardees, please visit the dedicated EPA website pages: 
EPA Research Prize Winners
ECP Scholarship Programme Winners

See you all at EPA 2017 Florence!


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journal cover for website vertical Jan 201725.01.2017 – EPA is seeking to appoint a new editor for European Psychiatry, the official journal of the European Psychiatric Association. The successful post-holder will replace Prof. Philip Gorwood who is stepping down after 13 years of dedicated service to the Journal to assume his new role as EPA President Elect.

Applications will be reviewed by the current Editors of European Psychiatry and the members of the EPA Board, with final approval by the EPA General Assembly in Florence on 2 April 2017.

For details about the position and application requirements, please consult the Call for Expressions of Interest


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