Ukraine war: all resources and webinar available

Ukraine war: all resources and webinar available

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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?

COVID-19 mental health resources
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

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What did we learn at our previous congresses?

What did we learn at our previous congresses?

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Meet our National Member Societies

Meet our National Member Societies

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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 are expecting > 1,000 delegates from all over the world.

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In Memoriam

This academic year has ended with very sad news. Prof. Alessandro Zuddas, a much respected and loved colleague, passed away unexpectedly on 9 July 2022. He was Professor of Child Neuropsychiatry at the University of Cagliari and Director of the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit at the “G. Brotzu” University Hospital (Cagliari, Italy), member of the editorial board of several journals and a very active member of Italian and European Societies including ESCAP. Prof. Zuddas has been a reference in our field, advocating and contributing greatly to the advance and development of European child and adolescent psychiatry and on the forefront of research and advocacy for new psychopharmacological approaches to the treatment of children with mental disorders. He was also a generous and charming leader and colleague and a great, unique, and irreplaceable person and is going to be deeply missed.
You can read the obituary in our ECAP journal here.


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: 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 - December issue

Editorial: The richness of paradigms in child and adolescent psychiatry
Argyris Stringaris, Editorial, Published: 20 October 2022
In his editorial, Argyris Stringaris outlines the variety of sources of evidence found in child and adolescent psychiatry and how they each contribute to our knowledge. This edition of ECAP provides some important examples of how this evidence is generated and presented to its readership. 
Read the full Editorial here

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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Who we are 

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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