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2022, August Newspage

Let’s Make 2023 The European Year Of Mental Health
Ms Maria Walsh, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) (EPP Group) and Co-Chair of the MEP Alliance for Mental Health, has launched a petition for making 2023 the European Year for Mental Health. In the frame of this campaign, MEP Maria Walsh calls for “mental health to be urgently tackled by cross-sectional and integrated policies, as part of a comprehensive EU Mental Health Strategy, a European Care Strategy and a European Year dedicated to Mental Health in 2023”.  The petition will run until 8 September 2022, read more, share it and sign it here: https://www.epp4youth.eu/mental-health/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=ap_l9isdfslr2


Ambassadors Survey: Still Open!
The EPA Ambassadors Survey 2022 is still open! This year’s questionnaire focuses on trauma-related diagnosis and treatment and it takes around 10 minutes to complete: please share the survey with your network of colleagues and fill the survey by clicking on: https://www.europsy.net/advocacy/epa-ambassadors-programme/


 Join Us to Discuss Ethical Principles and Dilemmas in Psychiatry
The EPA Code of Ethics intends to guide the ethical practice of psychiatry by offering a comprehensive approach to the ethical challenges in the field. It highlights universal ethical principles and considers their application to the specific practice of psychiatry. Ethical questions in psychiatric practice are manifold: tensions between respect for autonomy versus care and protection from harm, problems with coercive therapy and capacity for judgement etc.

On Wednesday 7 September 2022, the Committee on Ethical Issues, the Early Career Psychiatrists Committee and the NPAs Steering Committee will join forces during an online webinar to discuss ethical principles and dilemmas in psychiatry and you are invited!

Learn more about the speakers and programme here and feel free to share the information with your colleagues.


EPA Gaining Experience Programme: Now Accepting Applications
The EPA is offering young psychiatrists a unique opportunity to discover renowned institutions all across Europe with the 2022-2023 Gaining Experience Programme. Applications are open until 12 September! Please check the list of placement offers and share the news with your network: https://www.europsy.net/gaining-experience-programme/


EBRA Cluster Events
On 21 and 22 September, the PSMD and BRAINFOOD Clusters, established in the frame of the EU-funded EBRA project, will organise two events to present their activities:

  • 21 September (13:00 -17:30 CEST): The EBRA Prevention of Severe Mental Disorders (PSMD) Cluster holds a hybrid meeting in Brussels and online, to highlight the urgent need to address the lack of parity between mental and physical health in European funding and to aid navigation of barriers to the implementation of precision psychiatry. Find more information and the full programme, please click here.
  • 22 September (13:00 – 15:00 CEST): The EBRA BRAINFOOD Cluster holds a hybrid meeting in Brussels and online to discuss the societal impact of the mechanisms underlying nutritional effects on brain health, improved education and communication about healthy nutrition and the policy responsibility of improving nutrition. Please click here to find more information and the full programme.

Minutes of the EPA2022 Council of NPAs Meeting
Last but not least, we are pleased to enclose in this email the minutes from the Council of NPAs meeting, which took place during EPA2022. EPA2022 Council of NPAs Meeting_Approved Minutes


2022, July Newspage

EPA Leaders Presenting at NPAs Congresses
A successful Symposium took place during the 47th Congress Polish Psychiatrist in Łódź, Poland. Meryam Schouler Ocak and Silvana Galderisi were invited to present the EPA Code of Ethics for Psychiatrists. A summary of the event can be found here: https://www.europsy.net/the-epa-code-of-ethics-presented-at-the-47th-congress-of-polish-psychiatrists/

Martina Rojnic Kuzman and I will participate in the 49th National Congress of the Italian Psychiatric Association in Genoa, Italy, later this year. The Congress is themed around “The integration of psychosocial and pharmacological treatments in severe mental disorders”. The preliminary programme can be found at: https://genova22.psichiatria.it/

The Society of Georgian Psychiatrists will host a thematic Congress on the “Treatment and Management of Mental Disorders in a Post-pandemic Era” in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Congress is organised by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and hosted by the Society of Georgian Psychiatrists (SGP) with the support of the Alliance for Better Mental Health (ABMH) and the Foundation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP-Tbilisi). Geert Dom and Simavi Vahip will represent the EPA.

We would be grateful if you could spread the information about this event among your colleagues: https://wpatbilisicongress.com/


Ambassadors Programme: Take Part in the EPA 2022 Ambassadors Survey
Started in 2020, the EPA Ambassadors Programme operates as a series of surveys aimed at engaging psychiatrists and mental health professionals to shape better mental health policies and programmes in Europe. With the results of the surveys launched in 2020 and 2021, two papers were elaborated for publication in the European Psychiatry Journal (more information on the initiative and the previous surveys can be found here: https://www.europsy.net/advocacy/epa-ambassadors-programme/).

The EPA has launched the third edition of its Ambassadors Programme: this year’s questionnaire focuses on trauma-related diagnosis and treatment and it takes just around 10 minutes to complete. Please take part in the 2022 Ambassadors Survey and help share it with your network of colleagues: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K3QJ8HD


ECP Survey on Barriers to Professional Development
The EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee is conducting a multi-national study to identify attitudinal and institutional barriers to the professional development of psychiatrists and to compare these barriers between males and females.

Psychiatrists and psychiatric trainees from all career stages are welcome to fill in and share their experience in the 5-minutes survey. Please participate in this survey and share the link widely within your network: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Barriers_to_the_professional_development_of_psychiatrists


Extended Deadline – EPA Gaining Experience Programme 2022-2023
The EPA Gaining Experience Programme is a unique chance for Early Career Psychiatrists to interact with high profile psychiatrists in institutions all across Europe. For the 2022-2023 edition, there are still opportunities to become a host institution: the deadline for placement offers is now extended until 20 July 2022! If your institution is interested in offering a placement to a young psychiatrist, please simply complete this online form by Wednesday, 20 July: https://forms.gle/kNHPNnN7WpJuRaQ98

For more information, please see the information for Host Institutions and do not hesitate to contact Coline Godard at epa.gep@europsy.net.


A Special Thank
The Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy has offered 10 free participation places to Ukrainian colleagues to attend the Romanian Congress of Psychiatry, an online event taking place on 12-15 July 2022.

In addition, Ukrainians will benefit from free registration to attend the International conference ‘Rethinking Mental Health Care – Inclusion, Access, Respect, Dignity’, taking place in Vilnius on 8-10 September 2022. Transportation will be organised from Lviv to Vilnius on 6 September to allow professionals to participate in a special workshop on war-related trauma before the conference. This workshop will be with Ukrainian simultaneous interpretation.

More information can be found here: www.rethinkingmnh.org.


EPA 2023
Last but not least, we are pleased to confirm that the next EPA Congress will take place in Paris on 25-28 March 2023.

Please note that the submission period for Programme Courses, Symposia and Workshops is open and accessible on the Congress website: https://epa-congress.org/. The deadline for submission is 31 July.

Feel free to share the good news with your colleagues!


2022, April Newspage

Council of National Psychiatric Associations at EPA2022 will now be fully virtual
The 30th European Congress of Psychiatry will take place as a fully virtual meeting on the same dates – 4 to 7 June 2022. As such, the EPA Council of National Psychiatric Associations (NPAs) meeting, the EPA General Assembly and the EPA Forum will all be virtual meetings. The dates and times of the meetings remain unchanged and as such, the Council of NPAs will still take place on Saturday, 4 June from 14:00 to 17:00 CEST. The Zoom link will be sent closer to the date.


Fund for Ukraine
We have set up a fund to help our Ukrainian colleagues and Ukrainians with mental health problems. Here is a short video including Prof. Falkai and Prof. Samochowiec introducing the EPA Fund for Ukraine. We have already raised over €18 000 but more is needed. Donations can be made via this direct PayPal link or by bank transfer to:

Account Name: European Psychiatric Association; Bank Name: CIC Strasbourg Nuée Bleue, France; IBAN (EUR account): FR76 3008 7330 0100 0102 1870 183

SWIFT: CMCIFRPP; Please quote “UKR Solidarity” in the remittance reference


Call for expression of interest for the constitution of two new EPA Scientific Sections
Professor Falkai and the EPA Executive Committee members have recently expressed their motivation to create two new Sections on the topics of “Climate Change and Mental Disorders” and “Public Mental Health”. Before formally setting up these two new Sections, we need to engage experts and interested colleagues to build up the Sections. We are therefore looking for individuals with an expertise or a strong interest in these two topics.

We are inviting members of NPAs to indicate their interest to join one of these Sections to melanie.rieder@europsy.net by Monday, 9 May 2022. Read the full Call for Applications here


 EPA Survey on Digitalisation in European Psychiatry
In order to facilitate discussion and collaboration on how digital technology might offer psychiatry the potential for radical change in terms of service delivery and the development of new treatments, a questionnaire gathering information on Digitalisation in European Psychiatry has been launched. Over 25 NPAs have responded so far and we would be grateful if all NPAs could please share with us practices on this issue in your country by filling the questionnaire below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DigitalisationNPAs


Open Consultation on the Shared European Brain Research Agenda
The EU-funded project “European Brain Research Area (EBRA)” has released an open consultation on the Shared European Brain Research Agenda (SEBRA). The aim of the SEBRA is to provide recommendations on future areas for excellent, innovative and translational brain research. You are all invited to take part in the open consultation, more information can be found on the EBRA website.