european psychiatric association

Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities (MHID)

Section committee

KRYSTA Krzysztof , Chair

THEIL Michael - Mark, Co-Chair

PERERA Bhathika, Secretary

COURTENAY Kenneth, Councillor


Aims & Objectives

Section mission

The mission of the Section Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities is to raise awareness of the mental health difficulties of people with intellectual disabilities and their assessment and management to all psychiatrists practising in Europe.

Section objectives

  1. To raise the issue of the mental health needs of children, young people, and adults with intellectual disabilities and their carers among psychiatrists in Europe
  2. To develop EPA recommendations on the psychiatric care of people with intellectual disabilities
  3. To promote research on mental health in intellectual disabilities
  4. To promote education in psychiatric training programmes on intellectual disabilities
  5. To work collaboratively with partner Sections of EPA on their relevance to people with intellectual disabilities
  6. To achieve the objectives through publication and academic meetings of EPA
  7. To collaborate with intellectual disabilities organisations and professional psychiatric associations in Europe

Activities

Meetings/events

EPA Section MHID and Polish Psychiatric Association Conference, Wisla, Poland 6 - 8 December 2017

EPA Section MHID and Polish Psychiatric Association Conference, Wisla, Poland 6 - 8 December 2017
Description :

The EPA Section MHID was invited by the Polish Psychiatric Association to attend and present their work at the Conference in Wisla in December 2017. Dr. K. Krysta led on the presentation by the EPA Section MHID at the Conference.

Partners :

Polish Psychiatric Association

Venue :
Wisla, Poland
Date :
6 - 8 December 2017
Attendance :
155 delegates

Guidance Paper

Guidance Paper
Description :

The Section MHID has worked in 2017 on developing the Guidance paper on MHID. It is a collaborative and joint approach by clinicians from across Europe. The authors have taken advise from the EPA Publications Committee. The paper will be submitted to EPA by March 2018. 

Skype teleconferences of EPA Section MHID Officers

Skype teleconferences of EPA Section MHID Officers
Description :

In order to maintain coherence among the Section Board members, the officers have convened three teleconferences in 2017. The teleconferences have been effective in co-ordinating the work of the Section in preparation for the EPA Congress and organising the activities of the Section.

Venue :
Teleconference
Date :
12 December 2017 and other dates
Attendance :
Three EPA Section MHID Officers

EPA Congress 2017

EPA Congress 2017
Description :

The Section MHID convened a joint symposium with the EPA Ethics Committee on the rights of people with Intellectual Disabilities. Speakers were drawn from Denmark, UK, and Ireland. The symposium was attended by 40 delegates.

Partners :

EPA Ethics Committee

Venue :
EPA Congress 2017
Date :
2 April 2017
Attendance :
Forty delegates

CEBMH Conference

CEBMH Conference
Description :

Members of EPA Section MHID attended the CEBMH Conference in Cambridge UK. The theme was mental health where the Section MHID presented on mental health problems in peopls with Intellectual Disabilites led by Dr. K. Krysta of Katowice, Poland.

Partners :

CEBMH

Venue :
Cambridge UK
Date :
6 September 2017
Attendance :
Thirty delegates

Twitter account (@EPA_MHID)

Twitter account (@EPA_MHID)
Description :

The EPA Section MHID developed its Twitter account in 2017. It currently has 22 followers and is following 132.

The purpose of the account is to raise the profile of the Section and to attract new members to EPA and to attend EPA Congress. In addition, the account will help to disseminate learning and knowledge on MHID and act as a reference point for clinicians interested and wishing to learn about MHID.

Ask-the-Expert session

Ask-the-Expert session
Description :

The EPA Section MHID hosted an 'Ask-the-Expert' session at EPA Congress 2017. Two officers hosted the session that was successful in promoting MHID among delegates.

Venue :
EPA Congress 2017
Date :
2 April 2017

EPA Congress 2018- Nice, France

EPA Congress 2018- Nice, France
Description :

MHID Section of EPA organised a Workshop on Diagnosing Autism in adults. This workshop focused on prevalence of autism, diagnosing autism, associated comorbidities, sensory processing disorder in people with autism and management of autism. It was well recieved with an attendance of nearly 100 participants. 

Venue :
EPA Congress 2018- Nice, France
Date :
04/03/2018
Attendance :
nearly 100 participants

EPA Congress 2018- Nice, France

EPA Congress 2018- Nice, France
Description :

MHID Section of EPA organised an 'Ask the Expert session' on ‘Caring for people with intellectual Disabilities’. This helped to promote the importance of diagnosing Intellectual disability and associated mental disorder and challenges in clinical practice. 

Venue :
EPA Congress 2018- Nice, France
Date :
04/03/2018

Business meetings of the MHID Section of EPA

Business meetings of the MHID Section of EPA
Description :

Four board meetings were held on 4th March 2018 (Nice, France), 8th May 2018 (teleconference), 4th September 2018 (Teleconference) and 26th November 2018 (Braunschweig, Germany) chaired by Dr. Krysta. Please find attached minutes. 

Symposium by MHID Section at the ID Conference in Braunschweig, Germany 2018.

Symposium by MHID Section at the ID Conference in Braunschweig, Germany 2018.
Description :

The section held their first session on MHID at the ID conference themed ‘Medical care for people with disabilities - 150 years ESN’ on 26th and 27th November 2018 in Braunschweig, Germany. This event was chaired by Dr. M.-M. Theil (Germany). Prof. A. Strydom (UK), Dr. B. Perera (UK) and Dr.  K. Krysta (Poland) from MHID Section presented at this conference.

Symposium topics were, 

Alzheimer's disease in Down syndrome: From APP discovery to cure- Prof A Strydom, Kings College, London

ADHD in People with Intellectual Disability-The forgotten diagnosis- Dr B Perera, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health trust, London

Telepsychiatry and virtual reality in the rehabilitation of people with Intellectual disability and ASD- Dr K. Krysta, Medical University of Silesia, Poland.  

Venue :
Braunschweig, Germany
Date :
27 November 2018
Attendance :
nearly 100 participants

MHID Section symposium at the Polish Psychiatric Congress, Wisla, Poland, December 2018

MHID Section symposium at the Polish Psychiatric Congress, Wisla, Poland, December 2018
Description :

MHID Section held a session at the Polish Psychiatric Congress in Wisla, Poland in 07th December 2018. This was organised by Dr Krzysztof Krysta.

Topics preseted were:

Stereotypes among people with Intellectual disability- Anna Gutowska 

Coexistence of autism and ADHD- Piotr Gorczyca, Paweł Dębski 

Stigmatisation of people with Autism- Agnieszka Bratek, Krzysztof Krysta

Working with parents of intellectually disabled children in institutions. Marc Hermans

Partners :

Polish Psychiatric Association

Venue :
Wisla, Poland
Date :
07/12/2018

Calendar of Future Activities

EPA 2019

EPA 2019
Desciption :

MHID Section is planning a workshop on Women and autism at the EPA 2019. 

MOOC in Intellectual disability

MOOC in Intellectual disability
Desciption :

MHID section has submitted a proposal for a MOOC. This is aimed to improve knowledge and increase awareness on understanding and managing people with Intellectual disabilities. Section is currently waiting to hear the outcome.

Offered a placement for 'Gaining Experience programme'.

Offered a placement for 'Gaining Experience programme'.
Desciption :

MHID section members have offered North London ID services as a placement for the ‘Gaining experience programme’. 

European Guidance paper on MHID

European Guidance paper on MHID
Desciption :

MHID Section is working on the European Guidance paper on MHID and aiming to submit in Summer 2019.