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* EPA Policy Event on 9 December in Brussels
* Late-breaking Abstract Submission 1-15 December
* EPA Scholarship deadline 1 December
* European Psychiatry 2015 Impact Factor
* EPA Consultation Report
* News from Brussels


* 18-19 November (Rimini, Italy)
1st European Congress on Adherence to Therapy (SIHA)
* 30 November - 3 December (Gothenburg, Sweden)
18th EPA Section meeting in Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry
* 8-10 December (Rome)
16th International Forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders (IFMAD)
* 9-10 December (Paris)
20th EPA Psychopathology Section Symposium “Psychopathology of lived body & its exposure”
* 1-4 April 2017 (Florence)
25th European Congress of Psychiatry
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EPA Policy Event in Brussels

9 December at the University Foundation 

EPA is hosting a high-level Policy Event “From policies to practice - from practice to policies: Creating synergies for better health in Europe" on 9 December 2016 at the University Foundation in Brussels, where the EPA’s EU liaison office is located.

Through this event, EPA will encourage discussion about the impact of mental health on economic growth and social development in Europe, as well as promote the inter-sectoral collaboration needed to establish policies that will foster better mental health care for all.

A detailed programme of the event is available on the EPA website.
For more information, please write to

Last chance to submit for EPA 2017 Florence!

Late-breaking submissions: 1-15 December 2016 

Take advantage of this last chance to submit your abstracts!

EPA 2017 Florence will open late-breaking submissions for Poster and Oral Communication Abstracts on 1 December.

View the list of abstract topics and make your submissions before the final deadline on 15 December.

EPA Scholarship Programme

Apply before 1 December!

Reminder: the application process for the 2017 Scholarship Programme is still open, and deadlines are approaching. Don't miss out, Early Career Psychiatrists!

Scholarship Programme

EPA will award 5 Scholarships to early career psychiatrists working in Europe to support their attendance at EPA 2017 Florence (scholarship includes registration, travel, accommodation, special events and more).

Apply by 1 December 2016!

Visit the EPA website for more information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria.

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European Psychiatry 

2015 Impact Factor

The impact factor for the EPA’s official journal, European Psychiatry, is 3.912 (2015), representing a marked increase from previous years (3.439 in 2014 and 3.210 in 2013).

EPA members receive a free electronic subscription to the journal, which features high-level, original scientific articles, short communications and editorials.

Join EPA as a member today to receive access to European Psychiatry, and benefit from many other advantages, inluding reduced European Congress of Psychiatry fees.

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EPA report from Vilnius Consultation 

International Consultation on Global Mental Health

Article contributed by Dr. Marianne Kastrup, Chair of the EPA Committee on Ethical Issues

On 13-14 October 2016, an International Consultation on the Right of Everyone to Mental Health was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, aimed at building commitments towards strengthening mental health and reducing the socio-economic burden of mental disorders.

The extent to which users of mental health services report violations of their rights reflects a crisis in existing mental health systems. The International Consultation was moderated by Danius Pūras, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, in order to provide expert input for his thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council.

About 25 participants from different professional backgrounds met to exchange views and identify recommendations based on best practices for improving existing mental health services. Participants were comprised of lawyers, service users, representatives of various NGOs, UN agencies, and researchers.

EPA, represented by Dr. Marianne Kastrup, Chair of the EPA Committee on Ethical Issues, presented the role and image of psychiatrists and provided its support for promoting the highest standards of physical and mental health for all.

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News from Brussels


Written Declaration on the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers 

GAMIAN-Europe, with the support of EPA, EUFAMI, EBC, MHE, and 14 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), has launched a Written Declaration on the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers.
Through the Declaration, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union are called upon to take account of the mental health needs of asylum seekers and to show compassion for their plight when implementing their respective competences under the Treaties. The EU is invited to recognise and address post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) and other mental health conditions (e.g. depression) and to contribute to the provision of support and services aiming to prevent mental health conditions.
All MEPs have until 12 December 2016 to sign the Declaration, with a goal of 376 signatures.
For more information, please visit the GAMIAN website.



Written Declaration on Access to Employment

On 24 October, the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA), in collaboration with the Brain, Mind and Pain Parliamentary Interest Group, has launched a Written Declaration on Access to Employment for the benefit of people affected by neurological and chronic disorders.

MEPs are being called on to sign the Declaration by mid-January 2017 to ensure that it does not lapse.

If successful, the Declaration will help:
  • advocate for the implementation of employment rights for those affected by neurological disorders;
  • raise awareness of the stigma and discrimination faced by the mentioned group at work;
  • ensure that relevant EU legislation on access to employment is applied at the national level;
  • highlight the existence of EU funds improving accessibility to the workplace for those who wish to regain or remain in employment.

For more information and to help support the Declaration, please visit the Brain, Mind and Pain Interest Group website.


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