european psychiatric association

2nd EPA Forum

The EPA Forum 2016 took place on 11 March in Madrid, Spain. About 200 participants centred their discussion on the theme A Common Language in European Psychiatry – Can it be achieved? The Forum gathered together representatives from international and European-level organisations, as well as psychiatrists and academics, who exchanged on how to reach a consensus for a shared language in the mental health sector.

Find below the keynote video-speech of Mr John Ryan (EU Commission, Director for Public Health) at the EPA Forum 2016.



The Programme of the 2nd EPA Forum

​09:00 – 09:15

09:15 – 10:​25

​Welcome and Introduction

Keynote video-speech, John Ryan (Director for Public Health, EU Commission)

​European Psychiatry: What are the concepts?
Chair: Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel​​

Why a European Psychiatry?
Balancing unity and diversity?
Mario Maj (University of Naples)

Human rights and mental health care –
Can we find a common ground?
Dainius Puras (UN Special Rapporteur on Health)

​10:05 – 10:15 

10:15 – 10:30

​10:30 – 11:30


​Coffee Break

​European psychiatric workforce: Generalists or specialists?​​
Chair: Prof. Silvana Galderisi​

European Psychiatrists: What unifies us – What is our role?
Wolfgang Gaebel (EPA)

National Psychiatric Associations and the EPA:
What are core principles in education?
Manuel Martín Carrasco (EPA)

European Research: Where should we set the focus?
Josep Maria Haro (ROAMER)

11:30 – 11:45 

​11:45 – 11:55 

11:55 – 12:45


​Coffee Break

​European Mental Health Service: The value of treatment and care​
Chair: Prof. Danuta Wasserman​

Outcomes of promotion, prevention, treatment and care
Matt Muijen (WHO-Europe)

Economic aspects in European mental health services
Martin Knapp (London School of Economics)

Patients’ and relatives’ view on European Psychiatry
Bert Jonhson (EUFAMI)
Yoram Cohen (GAMIAN)

12:45 – 13:40

13:40 – 13:50 


General discussion moderated by Wolfgang Gaebel 

Concluding remarks
Wolfgang Gaebel (EPA)