How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the mental health of children and adolescents?

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the mental health of children and adolescents?

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Ukraine war: all resources and webinar available

Ukraine war: all resources and webinar available

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

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ESCAP Copenhagen Congress 2023

The 20th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are looking forward to a high quality scientific programme and have already exceeded 1,500 registrations from all over the world.

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We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria. We offer our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy and we would like to offer our support to our colleagues in Turkey.

ESCAP issued a statement on the current situation as well as a collation of resources and literature on trauma and recovery after natural disasters

ESCAP letter of condolences to the Turkish Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (TACAP)

ESCAP latest news

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 organising events and educational programs to nurture child and adolescent psychiatry at all levels. Our recent activities:

  • NEW: ESCAP endorses statement on "A Mental health in All Policies approach as key component of any comprehensive initiative on mental health" released by the EU HPP (Health Policy Platform) Mental Health in all Policies (MHiaP) Thematic Network. Read more
  • NEW: Deadline to bid to host the 2029 ESCAP congress extended to 16th June 2023
  • ESCAP releases statement on trauma and recovery after natural disasters following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
  • ESCAP releases new Positional Statement on the impact of war
  • “Don’t talk about us without us.” – Policy Debate at the ESCAP 2022 congress
    A youth delegation was invited to participate at the ESCAP Congress 2022 which took place in Maastricht. Following the congress, Amélie Galladé, a member of the Swiss Youth Delegation, and Matthias Köster, child and adolescent psychiatrist, reflected on the experience. In their dialogue, they are highlighting the importance of involving young people in discussions and policy making in the mental health arena. Read it here.
  • Investigation of diagnostic habits and treatment choices of international clinicians: this survey is part of a collaborative international project, managed by Bar Urkin, a Ph.D. student from the University of Haifa (Israel), and supervised by Prof. Andrea Raballo from Perugia University (Italy), Prof. Joseph Parnas from Copenhagen University (Denmark), and Prof. Danny Koren from the University of Haifa (Israel). The purpose of the survey is to investigate the diagnostic habits and treatment choices of international clinicians. The estimated duration of completing the survey is about 10 minutes. Access the survey here.

  • Are you interested in submitting an “ESCAP Practical Guidance Article”? Then we want to hear from you! Find all information regardung requirements and submission here.

  • In May 2022, the McKinsey Health Institute (MHI) surveyed 6,000 Generation Z respondents across 10 European countries to understand their views on mental health. First insights were presented at the 2022 ESCAP congress in Maastricht. The study is now available. Read more

  • Rapidly responding to the war in Ukraine by launching a positional statement, scoping editorial and a webinar. Find out more. 
  • Partnering for information dissemination with the FAMILY EU Horizon project.
  • Approaching the European Commission members to help drive change forward for child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health. We are now on the EU Transparency Register and the EU Health Policy Platforms.
  • Continue our partnerships with our partner societies, such as the EFPT-CAP, UEMS-CAP, IACAPAP. We hope to form more partnerships in the coming years.
  • Communicating key issues in the ECAP Journal through ESCAP Communications, and Editorials.
  • ESCAP presence at national society meetings. We want to be involved with more of the events our national societies organise, so if you have an event that you want ESCAP to be part of, then let us know. 


Accoring to its status, ESCAP pursues the following aims: 

  • To promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe
  • To increase quality of life among children and families
  • To ensure children's reight for healthy development and wellbeing

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The goals of ESCAP are:

  • To foster the European knowledge and skills in child psychiatry
  • To facilitate and extent the bonds between European countries in mental health issues
  • To spread the results of research and experiences by publishing reports and organizing scientific conferences an meetings and to collaborate with international organizations with the same or related aims


ESCAP has three devisions:

ECAP Journal - June 2023 issue

Editorial: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the post-COVID era: lessons learned and consequences for the future
Michael Kaess, Pieter J. Hoekstra, Editorial, Open Access, Published: 24 April 2023, Pages: 917 - 919

We have all gone through a very challenging time and the consequences of the pandemic for child and adolescent psychiatry are still ongoing. As with every crisis, there are lessons to learn which the authors look at in their editorial.

Read the full editorial here

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Latest news

ESCAP participates in DEAPS VI Congress in Belgrade, Serbia

MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH: New Realities, Experiences and Knowledge

At ESCAP we love to participate in the local congresses that our National Member countries organise. ESCAP president Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, ECAP editor in chief Johannes Hebebrand, ESCAP 2022 congress president Manon Hillegers, joined ESCAP board member Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic in Belgrade on the 26-28th May to take part in the Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions of Serbia DEAPS VI congress. They held a special ESCAP symposium to discuss the impact of COVID19 on mental health of youth in Europe. Professor Hebebrand held a plenary lecture on "Pronounced clinical improvement in patients with anorexia nervosa upon treatment with human recombinant leptin". In general, the 3-day congress had a packed programme with great opportunities for attendees to discuss key issues in child and adolescent psychiatry in Europe.

We are more than happy to have ESCAP representatives at your local congresses, get in touch with us on to discuss further.

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Impact of war and forced displacement on children’s mental health—multilevel, needs-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches

European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

"The infliction of war and military aggression upon children must be considered a violation of their basic human rights and can have a persistent impact on their physical and mental health and well-being, with long-term consequences for their development. Given the recent events in Ukraine with millions on the flight, this scoping policy editorial aims to help guide mental health support for young victims of war through an overview of the direct and indirect burden of war on child mental health. We highlight multilevel, need-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches to regaining and sustaining outer and inner security after exposure to the trauma of war."

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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.


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