Mental Health Policy Track


Please note the programme is subject to change.


The plenary lectures will have a strong scientific focus. They will be mainly theoretical and research-oriented. These lectures will be delivered by leading psychiatrists, basic scientists and other mental health professionals invited by the Scientific Programme Committee. They will cover the major topics of the Congress theme.


Public Mental Health and Clinical Psychiatry: Are They Two Separate Worlds?

Chair:         Galderisi Silvana (Italy)

Speaker:     Stefan Priebe​ (UK)​



The state-of-the-art lectures provide a complete update on significant aspects of current clinical treatments in European psychiatry. They will be delivered by top European or worldwide experts and will last 45 minutes.


Primary Prevention and Mental Health in Young People

Chair:               Peter Falkai ​(Germany)

Speaker:           Celso Arango (Spain)​


Identifying and Managing Mental Health Needs of Homeless Individuals​

Chair:               Andrea Fiorillo (Italy)    

Speaker:           Dinesh Bhugra (UK) 



These 90-minute sessions, selected by the Scientific Programme Committee, will focus on specific topics in psychiatry, representing several points of view. The symposia include four presentations by international speakers and offer an opportunity for discussion.


Mental Health Care in Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Chair: Levent Küey (Turkey)        
Co-Chair: Julian Beezhold (UK)
Marianne Kastrup (Denmark) - Mental Health Care in Refugees and Asylum Seekers: An Ethical Priority
Meryam Schouler-Ocak​ (Germany) - ​​Providing Care for Migrants and Refugees
Dinesh Bhugra (UK) - Cultural Competence Training and Mental Health Care in Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Danuta Wasserman (Sweden) - Suicide Risk in Refugees and Asylum Seekers​

Promoting Mental Health in the Health and Non-health Sectors 

Chair: Silvana Galderisi (Italy)
Co-chair: Helen Herrman (Australia) 
Silvana Galderisi (Italy) - Conceptual Aspects of Mental Health in its Intersection with Human Rights and Development
Helen Herrman (Australia) - Interventions in the Health and Non-health Sectors Aimed at Promoting Mental Health
Michaela Amering (Austria) - The Needs of Women Users of Mental Health Services and their Families
Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany) - ​Women Mental Health and Trafficking

The Value of Treatment for Brain and Mental Disorders – Joint Symposium with EBC

Chair: Patrice Boyer (France)
Co-chair: David Nutt (UK) 
David Nutt (UK) - Concept and Outcome of the EBC Value of Treatment Project
Wolfgang Gaebel (Germany) - Closing the Treatment Gap: The EPA Case Study of Schizophrenia 
Martin Knapp (UK) - The Cost of Non-Treatment
Nick Guldemond​ (Netherlands) - ​Towards an Adapted Model of Care for Brain and Mental Disorders
Silvana Galderisi (Italy) - Discussant


The Workshops will be devoted to a specific topic and bring together experts in this field for an intensive discussion. These will be 90-minute working sessions. At least 50% of the time will be devoted to discussion.

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