ESCAP's purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families throughout Europe. To do so, we are constantly working on initiatives based on research, clinical and policy, as well as orgnaising events and educational programs to nurture child and adolescent psychiatry at all levels. Our current projects are:
Accoring to its status, ESCAP pursues the following aims:
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The goals of ESCAP are:
In this August issue, the editorial explains the use of eXplainable Artificial Intelligence as a possible solution to the current issues in youth mental health: the access to diagnosis, prevention and intervention, and care. Roessner and colleagues explain the complexity of mental health disorders and state that “Technical innovations have also led to an increased quantity and diversity of data that can be measured to help disentangling the complex nature of mental disorders”. XAI could be the complementary method to interpret the data and give an explanation to the results generated, in the hope of developing personalized detection and prevention tools. It’s a step in the right direction, but these mental healthcare models still require extensive research, evaluation and application in real-world settings. Read their full editorial for more information.
European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal
"In April 2020, the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) Research Academy and the ESCAP
Board launched the first questionnaire of the CovCAP longitudinal survey to estimate the impact of COVID-19 on child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) services in Europe. In this brief report, we present the main findings from the second questionnaire of the survey, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit Europe (i.e., February/March 2021)...."
Mental health and illness of children and the long way back after COVID-19
"In July 2021, ESCAP policy division lead professor Joerg Fegert and president professor Dimitris Anagnostopoulos sent letters to various European Commission departmental members to reiterate the powerful impact COVID-19 is having on our children, adolescents, and their families. These follow on from previous exchanges with EU president Ursula von der Leyen, and ESCAP Policy Statements in April 2020 and March 2021 on the initial and continual impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents throughout Europe...."
The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) is a not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families. As well as to improve the quality of their lives and to ensure children’s right for support to healthy mental development and for appropriate preventive and therapeutic mental health services and interventions.