EPA Minds Online N°6/2013

EPA Elects Next President

   The European Psychiatric Association is very pleased to announce the election of Professor Wolfgang Gaebel as its next President.

Prof. Gaebel’s mandate as President will start on 1 January 2015 and run for two years. Until then, he will serve as EPA President Elect.


EPA is also pleased to announce the election of:
    Julian Beezhold,
Secretary General
       Philip Gorwood,
Michael Musalek,
Secretary for Sections
Cécile Hanon,
Secretary for Education

Along with EPA President Prof. Danuta Wasserman and EPA Past President Prof. Patrice Boyer, Prof. Gaebel, Prof. Gorwood and Dr. Beezhold form the Executive Committee of the EPA.

Congratulations to you and best of success in your new positions within EPA!

Adoption of Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

On 27th May 2013, the World Health Assembly approved the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. This Action Plan and its resolution are a historical step within Mental Health provision and show the importance given to mental health by WHO’s 194 Member States. All Member States are urged to implement this plan and adapt it to National priorities and specific National circumstances.
EPA took part in the consultation process and Prof. Danuta Wasserman, EPA President, is actively involved in collaboration with the WHO office in Geneva.
The final version of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 can be downloaded here. In the implementation of this Action Plan, a World Suicide Report will be published by the WHO in 2014.
For other information from the WHO about the Action Plan, please visit the WHO website.
For an article in The Lancet about the adoption of the Action Plan, please click here.

EPA Summer School 2013
This year Strasbourg once again hosted the EPA Summer School on "Comorbidity between mental and physical disorders". The 3rd edition took place on 7-10 June under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland.

The accommodations for the 25 Scholars as well as the lectures were held at the European Youth Centre situated in the heart of the European Institutions in Strasbourg. The lectures were given by Professors Lauber (Switzerland), Sartorius (Switzerland), Sass (Germany), Sir Goldberg (UK) and Dr. Parmentier (UK).

During case studies, Scholars from 19 European countries had an opportunity to exchange their experience in the field with their colleagues. The discussions were highly interactive and included also a role play between doctor and patient.    

In addition the participants had the opportunity to visit the Council of Europe during the opening ceremony and enjoy the social programme prepared by EPA in sunny Strasbourg.
The photos from EPA's Summer School are available on the European Psychiatric Network.
EPA Forms Guidance Committee

In order to continue the important work on EPA Guidance Papers, EPA has formed a Guidance Committee chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel and Prof. Hans-Jürgen Möller. The Guidance Papers focus on topics relevant for clinical practice, mental health service and the development of psychiatry in general.

For the latest information on the next series of EPA Guidance Papers, please visit the EPA website.
European Month of the Brain - May 2013
The European Month of the Brain was launched in May 2013 by the European Union to provide a framework for raising awareness on brain research and healthcare issues. In this context the European Commission, supported by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science) and Dr Ruxandra Draghia-Akli (Director of the Health Directorate at DG Research & Innovation), organised two conferences:
The main goals of the Dublin conference were to encourage public authorities to reinforce coordination and resources in brain research and healthcare and to promote coordination among EU member states.  To achieve such goals renowned experts (neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, economists, sociologists) exchanged during 2 days with policymakers, representatives from ministries, funding agencies, industries , patients organisations and health professionals to facilitate the absorption and integration of research results into policy and good practice and to promote the future implementation of the research structures which are needed.

The European Brain Council (EBC) has been one of the main actors since the very beginning of such a project by establishing close links with the health directorate of DG Research. EPA, as a founding member of EBC, has been invited and associated to these events and will continue to collaborate with EBC which is now preparing the upcoming events of the Year of the Brain in Europe – 2014.

The Dublin Declaration

On 24 May 2013 the EUFAMI* special European Family Conference was held in Dublin, Ireland. Over 190 delegates from 21 European countries unanimously agreed on the Dublin Declaration 2013.
This Declaration defines the role and rights of family members in the care and treatment of people with mental ill health: “Families and individual family members have a right to choose and define the role they are willing and able to play” – states the document. It also underlines that the public authorities should recognise and fully provide support and understanding of the needs of families and carers. The resources must be available to meet these needs to enable family carers to carry out their role effectively.
You can find the text of the declaration here.
*European Federation of Associations of Families of People with mental illness
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