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EPA Minds Online


* Message from the President
* Apply now for EPA Prizes and Awards
* EPA Symposium in Banja Luka
* The successful 8th EPA Summer School 
* EPA Guidance Paper on Physical Activity 
* European Psychiatry: Editor's Choice for vol. 54
* Advocacy News from Brussels


* 25-26 October 2018 (Granada, Spain)
11th International Congress of Clinical Psychology
* 5-6 November 2018 (Milan, Italy)
EPA Section Event: Neuroscience & Psychiatry: present and future
* 26-27 November 2018 (Braunschweig, Germany)
EPA Section Event: Health Care for people with Disabilities
* 5-8 March 2019 (Paris, France)
IAWMH World Congress on Women’s Mental Health
* 6-9 April 2019 (Warsaw, Poland)
27th European Congress of Psychiatry
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Message from the President

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day

This year's World Mental Health Day was dedicated to "Young people and mental health in a changing world".

On the occasion, EPA President Prof. Silvana Galderisi underlined the high importance of mental health of the younger generation by stating: “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. 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.”

For the full statement, please visit the EPA website

EPA Prizes and Awards: Apply now!

2019 Research Prizes and 2019 ECP Scholarships

The EPA is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2019 Research Prizes and ECP Scholarships.

All eligible early career psychiatrists are highly encouraged to apply!


Deadline for application:
23 October 2018

5 Prizes of €2000 each will be awarded to Early Career Psychiatrists working in the WHO Europe region, who have published the best scientific papers in 2018 in selected categories.
More information about categories and eligibility criteria is available here.



Deadline for application:
23 November 2018

The EPA Scholarships will provide 5 young psychiatrists working in the WHO Europe region with an EPA Congress registration, travel and accommodation, event invitations and other exclusive advantages.
More information on how to apply and eligibility criteria is available here.

EPA NPAs Symposium in Banja Luka

Silvana Galderisi gives a Plenary Lecture during the Opening Ceremony.

The EPA Council of NPAs organised a symposium on 22 September 2018 in Banja Luka, hosted by the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina (PABH), on the occasion of the 16th Psychiatric Days of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The symposium focused on 
"Comorbidity: Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment" and addressed the following topics:
  • “Comorbidity in Schizophrenia” (Prof. Silvana Galderisi, EPA President),
  • “Comorbidity in Bipolar Disorders” (Prof. Simavi Vahip, Unit-Ege  University, Vice Chair of the EPA Council of NPAs),
  • “Comorbidity in Perinatal Mental Disorders: Need for Trans-disciplinary Approach” (Prof. Tamas Kurimay, Semmelweis  University, Chair of the EPA Council of NPAs), and
  • “Comorbidity in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” (Prof. Marija Burgic-Radmanovic, University of Banja Luka, President of the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina).
The symposium  was a meaningful occasion to improve the relationship between the EPA and the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and provide further opportunities for exchanging experiences, ideas and plans, and stimulating PABH and its members to increasingly be an active part of the EPA.
Symposium speakers (from left to right: Simavi Vahip, Silvana Galderisi, Marija Burgic-Radmanovic, Tamas Kurimay)

8th EPA Summer School 

Many thanks for another successful year!

Twenty-seven enthusiastic young psychiatrists were invited to Strasbourg to participate in a three-day intensive programme focused once more on the "ABCs of Psychotherapy".

Proving to be a multi-faceted topic, scholars were able to engage in conversations about systemic therapy, psychodynamic practices, neurosciences, cognitive behavioural therapy and ethical issues during diverse sessions: plenary lectures, workshops, clinical cases discussions and the highly anticipated simulation sessions, organised by our faculty.

Increasingly used in medical education, simulations offer a realistic but safe environment to practice skills needed in day-to-day clinical work.
The EPA thanks each scholar and faculty member once again for their participation and for making this 8th Summer School such a successful event !

EPA Guidance Paper

Physical Activity as a Treatment for Mental Illness

EPA Guidance Papers provide evidence-based practices for improving the quality of mental healthcare in Europe.

The newest edition to the EPA Guidance collection was published in October in vol. 54 of European Psychiatry:

How to improve clinical practice on forced medication in psychiatric practice: Suggestions from the EUNOMIA European multicentre study

European Psychiatry

Editor's Choice selection for vol. 54

The following article has been chosen by our journal editors as the Editor's Choice selections for European Psychiatry, volume 54 (October 2018):

Vol. 54, p. 35-40

How to improve clinical practice on forced medication in psychiatric practice: Suggestions from the EUNOMIA European multicentre study

Mario Luciano, Corrado De Rosa, Gaia Sampogna, Valeria Del Vecchio, Vincenzo Giallonardo, Michele Fabrazzo, Francesco Catapano, George Onchev, Jiri Raboch, Anastasia Mastrogianni, Zahava Solomon, Algirdas Dembinskas, Petr Nawka, Andrzej Kiejna, Francisco Torres-Gonzales, Lars Kjellin, Thomas Kallert, Andrea Fiorillo

Editor's Choice Commentary:

Forced medication should represent the last resort in case of emergency situations and only when other therapeutic options have failed. The use of forced medication arises ethical, clinical and legal issues. Within the “European evaluation of coercion in psychiatry and harmonization of best clinical practice – EUNOMIA”, a consensus document was developed on the use of forced medication in 11 European countries. In particular, the document has highlighted the lack of clear rules or legislations. Moreover, the need to protect patient’s dignity and safety during the use of forced medication has been advocated.

Editor's Choice articles are free to access for 6 months after the issue publication date.
Visit the European Psychiatry website for more information. 


EU Policy and Advocacy News


Caring for Carers: Young Carers in a Changing World

The EPA was glad to contribute to the event “Caring for Carers: Young Carers in a changing world” on 28 September at the European Parliament in Athens by providing a supporting statement.

The Greek Carers Network EPIONI, a member of the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI), organised this event under the auspices of the Ministry of Health in Greece, the World Federation for Mental Health, the Hellenic Psychiatric Association, and the European Brain Council.

Amongst the speakers of this successful event were supporting MEPs, NGOs in the field of care, high-level Professors in Psychiatry and related fields as well as caregivers who shared their experiences in caregiving. They all discussed the challenges and opportunities for caregivers focusing also on the field of mental health.

As stressed by EPA President Prof. Silvana Galderisi in the statement, the “longstanding and successful cooperation with EUFAMI, which most recently has led to EUFAMI being a new member of the EPA Board, demonstrates that only together we can achieve improvement in the field of mental health.”

To view the full EPA statement, please click here.

To find more information on the event, please visit the EPIONI website.



Save the Date:
"New horizons for person-centred mental health research and care"


European Parliament, Brussels - 3 December 2018

On behalf of the European Parliament Interest Group on Mental health, Well-being and Brain Disorders, GAMIAN-Europe and the EPA, we warmly invite you to the Interest Group’s next meeting, entitled "New horizons for person-centred mental health research and care", taking place on 3 December at the European Parliament in Brussels, between 15:00 and 18:00 in room 5G1.
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.
As the EU is about to embark on a new, comprehensive and large-scale research programme, the Interest Group, GAMIAN-Europe and the EPA believe that the time is ripe to organise a policy event with a specific focus on person-centred mental health research and care.
A draft agenda will be available soon.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the Brussels office at:
In issue n°6 of the EPA Minds Online newsletter (September 2018), we incorrectly stated that Moldova was involved in the RECOVER-E project, whereas the correct partner country is Macedonia. We apologise for the error and thank you for your understanding. 
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