Policy division

News and updates from ESCAP's policy division

What is the policy division?

The role of the policy division is to promote national health policies, public awareness and public advocacy related to the mental health of children and adolescents, and to increase the standing and authority of the Society in Europe and in the European Union.

Director: Prof Jörg Fegert - Germany
Prof Dimitris Anagnostopoulos - Greece
Dr Konstantinos Kotsis - Greece
Dr Anne Marie Råberg Christensen - Denmark
Dr Füsun Çuhadaroglu Çetin - Turkey
Dr Sofie Crommen - Belgium
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Current programs and projects: 

- ESCAP policy statements on global and European issues

- Organising policy debates for future ESCAP congresses

- Sustainable development goals (SDG's) of the UN as a policy framework

- Research calls for SARS-CoV-2 e.g. Horizon 2020 and national calls

- Policy survey


Resources, positional statement and webinar on the impact of war on children - Ukraine war

Below are some articles related to policy issues in Europe. Other articles can be found in the Resource pages.

Policy articles

Below are articles that have been published in recent years and relate to policy. 

Access to mental health

Patrick McGorry: “Early treatment is bending the curve of outcome” published for ESCAP 2017 Geneva Congress

Patrick McGorry "Transition to 21st Century Mental Health Care: Early Intervention for Young People with Emerging Mental Disorders"published for ESCAP 2017 Geneva Congress

Economic crisis

Child and adolescent psychiatry in Greece during the crisis: a brief report. by Dimitris C. Anagnostopoulos, Eugenia Soumaki. ECAP Journal, Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2013) 22:131–134 

The economic crisis in Spain and its impact on the mental health of children and adolescents by Aranzazu Fernández-Rivas and Dr Miguel Angel Gonzáles-Torres. ECAP Journal Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2013) 22:583–586

Improving youth psychiatry

Norman Sartorius’ fight for the improvement of child psychiatry: In the army 

Norman Sartorius: Mental health care for children and adolescents in Europe: challenges and future perspectives article and interview from ESCAP 2015 Madrid congress

Involving local communities

Joaquin Fuentes: “Embed the community into the congress and the congress into the community” AEPNYA and AACAP joint congress 2016

No strength without unity

Brendan Doody: No strength without unity.

Policy programming

Füsun Çuhadaroglu: “Policy programming will make us stronger and more effective” 

Public policy

William W. Patton: Involving child psychiatrists in public policy ESCAP Congress 2015 Madrid