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BOARD ELECTIONS AT EPA 2019 WARSAW – APPLY NOW!

14.01.2019 – The next European Psychiatric Association Board will be elected during the General Assembly on Sunday, 7 April 2019 in Warsaw.

The EPA Board is vested with the broadest powers to act on behalf of the EPA and to perform any actions and operations that are not reserved for the Ordinary or Extraordinary General Assemblies.

6 seats are available, and the mandate is for 4 years (from 7 April 2019 to 2 April 2023).

All Honorary members as well as fully paid up (fee 2019) Individual Members and Fellows are encouraged to apply by noon CET 7 March 2019.

More details on the application procedure and deadlines are available on the EPA extranet http://extranet.europsy.net.

Now is your chance to have a direct influence on the future of European Psychiatry!

 

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LAUNCH REPORT ON SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO DEPRESSION

10.12.2018 - On 5 December 2018, Julian Beezhold (EPA Secretary General) and Tomas Zdechovsky (MEP) chaired the meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Mental health, Well-being and Brain Disorders, during which the Health Policy Partnership (HPP) launched the final report of the project “A sustainable approach to depression: moving from words to actions”. The project brought together a group of experts from across Europe to develop a report featuring 10 key policy recommendations, which were used to form a framework for action to provide a sustained policy response to depression. 

The nine organisations behind the report are the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN – Europe), European Psychiatric Association (EPA), European Brain Council (EBC), European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI), Expert Platform on Depression, Eurocarers, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS) Section of Psychiatry and the International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP).

This coalition of organisations will continue its advocacy activities and is considering future actions to stimulate and support better holistic management of major depressive disorders.

To read the Full Report, please click here.

To read the Executive Summary, please click here.

 

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JOINT EU EVENT WITH THE EPA AND GAMIAN

news item logos epa gamian sans04.12.2018, Brussels – On 3 December, the European Parliament Interest Group on Mental health, Well-being and Brain Disorders held a meeting entitled “New horizons for person-centred mental health research and care”. This event is jointly organised by the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and GAMIAN-Europe.

The aim of the event was to make a strong case to ensure a meaningful place for person-centred mental health research and care at the EU and national levels.

In recent years, issues related to mental health care and services have increasingly been part of EU and national research agendas. In parallel, the notion and importance of person-centred mental health services has gained ground.

There is general consensus on the crucial importance of this concept: all mental health stakeholders - e.g. patients, health care professionals, policymakers, care and service providers – agree that person-centredness is essential if appropriate. Effective and high-quality mental health care services are to be developed and delivered. And indeed, a number of recent and current EU-funded research projects explicitly take into account this perspective.

As the EU is about to embark on a new, comprehensive and large-scale research programme, the Interest Group, GAMIAN-Europe and the EPA felt strongly that the time was ripe to organise a policy event with a specific focus on person-centred mental health research and care.

This event aims to:

  • underline the importance of person-centred mental health research and care and increase the visibility of this topic;

  • exchange views on how a person-centred perspective can be ensured in EU funded and other research addressing mental health;

  • inform about ongoing research focusing on mental health in a person-centred way;

  • stimulate discussion amongst stakeholders and forge links for future cooperation;

  • underline the importance for Horizon Europe to take person-centredness as a guiding principle for future EU-funded mental health research.

 To read the event Press Release, please click here.

 

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EPA KICKS-OFF THE PROJECT “THE EUROPEAN BRAIN RESEARCH AREA”

 27.11.2018 - EPA kicks-off the project “The European Brain Research Area” – EBRA

The EPA is pleased to announce the launch of the EBRA-project – short for the European Brain Research Area which is led by the European Brain Council (EBC). As a member of the EBC, the EPA joined this consortium in order to optimise the efforts made already in the field of mental health and brain research.

This project is chosen for funding under the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation funding programme of the European Commission. In this project many stakeholders in the brain area including researchers, clinicians, patients, governments, funders and public institutions, will work together on facilitating communication and exchange among each other as well as on coordinating brain research to avoid duplication and make best use of funding.

During the kick-off meeting on 22 November, the first steps were taken with the consortium to agree on the clusters and topics in the brain area. These will be the base for the coming coordination and communication steps of the project.

For the official announcement of the project, please visit our page here.

 

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2019 ECP SCHOLARSHIP: APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON

21.11.2018 - 2019 ECP Scholarship: Applications closing soon.

Deadline: 23 November 2018.

The ECP Scholarship offers registration, hotel and special event invitations for attending EPA 2019 Warsaw to selected European early career psychiatrists.

Applications for the ECP Scholarship will be accepted until 23 November 2018: don’t forget to check our eligibility criteria.

For more information about the EPA’s Prizes and Awards, please visit the EPA website.

 

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EPA PASCAL-BOYLE PRIZE: NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

15.11.2018 - EPA Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize 2019: Nominations are now open!

The EPA is pleased to announce for second consecutive year the “EPA Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize of €10 000 for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe”.

Women have long been discriminated against, including in the fields of mental health care and psychiatry. The aim of this prestigious Prize is to publicly acknowledge and increase awareness of the outstanding achievements by women in working to improve mental health care in Europe.

The Prize is named in honour of Dr Helen Boyle, an Irish-British psychiatrist and the first female President of the Medico-Psychological Association (later to become the Royal College of Psychiatrists) and Dr Constance Pascal, a Romanian doctor who was the first woman to qualify as a psychiatrist in France.

The EPA is seeking nominations for women who have made important steps in their field of mental health

The laureate will be announced and awarded at the European Congress of Psychiatry on 6-9 April 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

See the 2018 winner and find more information on the eligibility criteria and the nomination procedure on the EPA website.

Submit your nominations before the deadline on 15 December 2018!

 

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WARNING: FAKE CONGRESS WEBSITES

12.11.2018 - Warning to the EPA Community

 We are aware of fraudulent “EPA congress” websites that claim to offer registration and hotel reservations. Those who set up the website have used authentic EPA photos and a similar logo in order to deceive visitors.

The correct congress website is: www.epa-congress.org

Our teams are doing what they can to request that these sites be taken down. In the meantime, we would like to strongly encourage that you use only the EPA’s trusted online registration service through the correct congress website address, and that you book your accommodation through the congress website or with other trusted providers.

 

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EPA 2019 ECP SCHOLARSHIP – APPLY NOW!

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06.11.2018 - Only a few weeks left to apply for a 2019 ECP Scholarship!

This programme is open to early career psychiatrists who are either trainees or within 5 years of completion of specialist training in psychiatry. Selected candidates for the EPA Scholarship Programme will receive 2019 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 of the WHO Europe region.

Visit the ECP Scholarships page for more information about the Scholarship Programme and eligibility criteria and apply by 23 November 2018!

 Pictured: EPA 2018 Scholarships winners

 

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EPA 2019 PRIZES AND AWARDS – APPLY NOW!

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15.10.2018 - The EPA is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2019 Research Prizes and Scholarship Programme is now open!

RESEARCH PRIZES

The 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 2018 in selected categories. One of the categories will highlight the best scientific paper accepted for publication in European Psychiatry Journal in 2018.

Selected candidates who attend the Opening Ceremony of the EPA Congress on 6 April 2019 will also be reimbursed up to €500 for travel and accommodation costs, upon presentation of original receipts and documentation.

Visit the Research Prizes page for more information about the prizes and eligibility criteria and apply by 23 October 2018!

ECP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

This programme is open to early career psychiatrists who are either trainees or within 5 years of completion of specialist training in psychiatry. Selected candidates for the EPA Scholarship Programme will receive 2019 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 of the WHO Europe region.

Visit the ECP Scholarships page for more information about the Scholarship Programme and eligibility criteria and apply by 23 November 2018!

 Pictured: EPA 2018 Scholarships winners

 

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EPA SUPPORTS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

World Mental Health Day 2018

10.10.2018 - The EPA is marking this year’s World Mental Health Day by emphasising the topic proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), “Young people and mental health in a changing world”.

On this day, EPA President Prof. Silvana Galderisi underlines the high importance of mental health of the younger generation:

“Mental health in young people is a key priority for the European Psychiatric Association. As highlighted by the WHO, half of all mental illnesses begins by the age of 14 [1]Within the context of mental health care special attention should be given to the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services. Indeed, many psychiatric problems originate in early/late adolescence and continue through adulthood.”

In a changing society, where new technologies are being increasingly used by new generations, innovative approaches must be developed to address the mental health of the population and in particular to provide psychosocial support and promote mental health among young people. Being aware of this challenge, in recent years the EPA has introduced innovative e-tools to educate and train the new generation, such as through the launch and successful implementation of the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)[2]. This initiative, free and accessible to all, allows professionals and students interested in mental health to gain a basic understanding of CBT, the psychotherapy with the strongest evidence base, and exchange and interact online to improve their knowledge and skills on relevant mental health related issues. The EPA will promote further developments of e-learning and digital tools aimed at improving mental research, care and training in mental health.

The EPA is also developing research plans aimed at addressing the widespread problem of transition of care, and its important negative impact on the quality of life and care of patients and their families.

Attention for mental health in young people is essential for safeguarding and educating the generations to come, on what it means to be mentally healthy.

“On a day like this” , Prof. Galderisi concludes,“let us pledge to support young people on building mental resilience in a changing world by increasing efforts to develop appropriate interventions and to rethink the mental health care systems in an integrated, person-centred perspective, that ensures continuity of care in all phases of life”. 


[1] http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/
[2] https://www.europsy.net/education/e-learning/

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