MARIA MELCHIOR: KEYNOTE AT ESCAP 2017 ON SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems? “Yes, most likely.” Maltreatment, neglect, an unbalanced diet, social isolation and severe mental health problems are more common when you are born into a low socioeconomic position? “Yes, certainly.” The symptoms show already in toddlerhood? “Oh yes, with a prediction of behavioural problems and substance use as young adults.”
Three times affirmative and a clear message by Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities, and keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health.
Read the interview and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES).
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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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.
Submit your abstract online.
The Hellenic Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (HSCAP) have taken action in response to the ESCAP call to protect the wellbeing of young refugee immigrants. All mental health professionals and the Ministries of Health, Education and the General Secretariat for Migration Policy were alerted and urged to follow the recommendations made in the ESCAP position statement. The protection of young refugees will also be on the agenda of the 2nd World Congress of Early Career Psychiatrists (Athens, 20-23 October 2016).
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 in Europe.
51% from Afghanistan
Among asylum applicants in Europe in 2015, almost 90,000 unaccompanied minors were counted. The number of these young refugees without families nearly quadrupled in 2015. A substantial majority of the unaccompanied minors seeking for protection in EU member states were males (91%), over half of them were aged 16 to 17. About half (51%) of the unaccompanied young refugees in 2015 were Afghans.
These figures were released on May 2nd by the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat.
29% MORE CITATIONS
The Impact Factor (IF) of European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry (ECAP), the official ESCAP journal, has stabilized in 2015 at 3.339 (3.336 in 2014). In 2015 ECAP was cited 29% more than in 2014 (134 and 171 times more than in 2014 and 2013 respectively).
The journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited during the reporting year (JCR year).
ECAP special issue
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.
Patrick McGorry interview
“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.
Read the interview.
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.
MOOC, a new ‘Massive Open Online Course’ covering the whole area of child and adolescent mental health on an introductory level, aims at students around the world. This IACAPAP initiative was designed specifically for nurses, community health workers, teachers, general practitioners, medical students and parents in low-income countries. MOOC includes twenty short video lectures (about 10-15 minutes each) by international experts. The complete course is available on the website of the Université Paris-Sud. IACAPAP is the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.
Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann presented an impressive keynote lecture on new developments in the diagnostics and treatment of adolescent eating disorders (ESCAP 2015 Madrid) and published the ESCAP Expert Paper. The progress in this field of research is clearl, but there is still no breakthrough – and Beate sounds worried. View the TV interview and all other stories around the Madrid lectures on eating disorders here.
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, held at the ESCAP 2015 Madrid congress, read the interview or watch his comments on video.
LOW INCOME COUNTRIES
The "huge gap" between children who need mental health treatment and those who receive it. This is what the currrent WHO and IACAPAP initiatives try to bridge. Full report on the symposium on this urgent subject, including the abstracts, presentations and a TV interview with Bruno Falissard (Université Paris-sud). Explore this subject.
Dr Katya Rubia (King's College London) lectured in Madrid at the ESCAP Congress as a keynote speaker about using fMRI-neurofeedback technology for self-regulating treatment of ADHD in children, not only for diagnostics. Still on stage, after the lecture she suggests that drug holidays for ADHD patients are "probably a good idea". View the TV interview, as well as professor Rubia's Madrid abstract and slides.
TV interview & Madrid slides
Madrid presentation & TV clips
The original presentation and abstract by professor Jan Buitelaar (Nijmegen, Netherlands), keynote at the ESCAP 2015 Congress, are now online, including interviews on ADHD and autism and its primary causes, his search for a new treatment model and on medication for ADHD.
Obesity & mental disorders
Johannes Hebebrand has indications, no hard evidence, that high Omega 3 diets could support obese children's mental health. View the extensive (10 minutes!) interview on the association between obesity and mental disorders on our research pages.
Not being able to speak in specific situations or to specific people. Pre-school teachers play an important part in detecting the anxiety disorder 'Selective Mutism' (SM), although they too often seem to assume that “the parents must know”. Beate Ørbeck (Oslo) urges them to drop their assumptions. Read the interview about her recent study.
Five new board members were chosen by the ESCAP Assembly on the first day of the conference in Madrid. Outgoing president Ruud Minderaa welcomed Andreas Karwautz (Austria), Jean-Philippe Raynaud (France), Maeve Doyle (Ireland), Henrikje Klasen (Netherlands) and Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic (Serbia). View the personal introductions.
Ruud Minderaa will stay as past president for the next two years – he passed on his presidency to Stephan Eliez (Switzerland).
Abstract & slides now online
Professor Ian M. Goodyer (Cambridge) has lectured as a keynote speaker at ESCAP 2015 in Madrid on the NSPN study that combines neuroscience with epidemiology to identify emergent psychopatho-logies, aiming at better treatment of depressions and conduct disorders. View the abstract and the original slide presentation. And read the Ian Goodyer interview.
KEYNOTE AT ESCAP 2015
Insufficient practitioners have the expertise to treat obsessive compulsive and related disorders (OCD). Professor David Mataix-Cols (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) calls for increased awareness, the improvement of existing treatments, the development of new treatments, the dissemination of knowledge and the training of more CBT therapists. Read the interview.
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, and his preparations for the ESCAP 2015 Congress in Madrid.
“Luckily, in Europe and world-wide, Tourette syndrome (TS) has entered a new era of collaboration. (..) 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”, say Pieter J. Hoekstra and Andrea Dietrich (both University Medical Centre Groningen, Netherlands) in their editorial for the February 2015 issue of the ECAP Journal.
Read the Pieter Hoekstra interview.
On the initiative of former ESCAP board member Dr Claude Bursztejn, ESCAP Online presents original congress presentations, abstracts, interviews and backgrounds. This unique documentation is now available for the ESCAP congresses in Madrid (2015), Dublin (2013), Helsinki (2011) and Budapest (2009).