Eva Lindgren: “To the parents it feels like walking a tightrope”
“Parents use the metaphor of walking a tightrope”, says Dr Eva Lindgren (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden). Her most recent study shows that being a parent to a young adult with mental illness in transition to adulthood can be an unbearable burden. “Too hard to cope with.” Some of them said to feel as if they stepped into “a frustrating and frightening world”.
Lindgren will present her findings from the nursing angle at the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva.
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DEADLINE: 30 DEC 2016
The 17th international ESCAP Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, is currently accepting abstracts. This major event on child and adolescent psychiatry will take place at the Centre International de Conférences Genève – CICG, from 9 to 11 July 2017. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 December 2016.
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Five different research prizes, a scholarship programme and travel grants will be awarded by the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) on the occasion of their 2017 conference in Florence, Italy (1-4 April). The research prizes of 2,000 euro each will be awarded to early career psychiatrists working in Europe who have published the best scientific papers in 2016 in selected categories. Application deadline: 2 November 2016. The EPA Scholarship Programme is meant for early career psychiatrists or trainees working in the countries of the WHO Europe region. Deadline: 1 December. Read more.
Immediate help for refugee children who need it and research into understanding their needs. These are two of the current missions of professor Jörg Fegert (Ulm, Germany), renowned specialist in child abuse and traumatisation. ‘Dazugehören’ (Being part of it) is the title of his keynote lecture at the March 2017 DGKJP Kongress (Ulm, Germany), and at the July 2017 ESCAP Congress (Geneva). Read the interview in English, French or German.
Keynote: Maria Melchior
Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems, confirms Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities. Melchior is a keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health. Read the interview in English, French or German and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES).
KEYNOTE IN GENEVA
Professor Tony Charman (King’s College London) says he aims “to make differences between trajectories and try to divert children from a pathway where they would possibly go on to develop autism, to a more typical outcome”. As a keynote speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congress, Charman will present his “very promising” study on the effects of early intervention on reducing autism. Read the interview in English, French or German.
Prof McGorry at ESCAP2017
“Imagine if people with cancer or heart disease were told: ‘It’s not serious enough, come back later when it is worse’. We are talking about a massive double standard here between mental illness and somatic illness.”
Professor Patrick McGorry (Melbourne, Australia) takes an activist point of view on the access of young people to mental health services. Specifically in their transition from youth to adulthood, adolescents with mental health problems often meet the care system at its weakest. McGorry will present a keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 Geneva Congress.
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At the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva, Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra (Netherlands) will perform a state-of-the-art lecture Tourette syndrome: an update on newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology. “These are indeed fascinating times for improving our understanding of TS, with the ultimate goal of developing better treatments to affected children and their families”, according to Hoekstra and Andrea Dietrich (University Medical Centre Groningen, Netherlands) in their editorial for the ECAP Journal. Read the Pieter Hoekstra interview.
New figures from Germany
The frequency of mental disorders in refugee children in Germany now appears to be as high as 75%, with PTSD and depression being the most common diagnoses. Special child psychiatric consultation for minor refugees proved to be effective in Germany, according to a pubication in the Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie (Sept 2016).
Among asylum applicants in Europe in 2015, almost 90,000 unaccompanied minors were counted. 51% of the young refugees were Afghans. (Source: Eurostat) Read more.
A special ECAP issue is being prepared on mental health problems in child and adolescent refugees. The journal is now calling for papers for this issue. Read more.
The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) has released a position statement on the mental health of child and adolescent refugees and calls upon all governments to take action and protect the wellbeing of all young refugees.
The ESCAP call includes including a list of fifteen issues that should be resolved to protect young refugee immigrants. Read more. The protection of young refugees will be on the agenda of the 2ndWorld Congress of Early Career Psychiatrists (Athens, 20-23 October 2016).
The ECAP Journal editorial – new issue, September 2016 – highlights why ICD-11 diagnoses can and must be a step forward, also in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, learning from the mistakes in preparing DSM-5 rather than perpetuating them. Veit Roessner, Stefan Ehrlich and Nora Vetter authored this plea for the World Health Organization (WHO) to aim for a higher standard of scientific quality and organizational processes.
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Professor Peter Fonagy wrote an ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder in adolescence. This "research review with implications for clinical practice" was published in the November issue of the ECAP Journal.
View Peter Fonagy's 100+ slides presentation, read the interview or watch his comments on video.
ECP now open for abstracts
The 15th European Congress of Psychology (ECP, Amsterdam, 11-14 July 2017) is now calling for abstracts (deadline: 30 November 2016).
Next year’s congress motto will be ‘Psychology addressing society’s greatest challenges’, covering five thematic tracks: (1) life changing events: migration, integration, adaptation, (2) organizing effective psychological interventions, (3) strengthening society’s resilience; prevention and early intervention, (4) promoting excellence and stimulating labour market participation, (5) technology and changing behaviour such as online interventions, mobile health, brain research.
The ROAMER consortium has published its important final recommendations on European mental health research. The end report (Roadmap) assigned the number one “high level priority” to “research into mental disorder prevention, mental health promotion and interventions in children, adolescents and young adults.” Read more.
ALAN APTER INTERVIEW
“The idea is to try and encourage adolescents and children to feel more free about asking for help”, says Dr Alan Apter of Schneider Children's Medical Center, Petach Tikva (Israel). Read the exclusive Alan Apter interview on ESCAP’s research pages, including abstracts and original presentations, backgrounds, and publications.