Norman Sartorius – future of youth mental health care
Original KEYNOTE abstract and presentation by professor Norman Sartorius (Action for Mental Health, Geneva) on mental health care for children and adolescents in Europe: challenges and future perspectives, held at the ESCAP 2015 Congress in Madrid, Wednesday June 24th 2015 (W3).
Mental health care for children and adolescents in Europe varies from country to country and from one part of the countries to another in terms of quantity and quality. This fact makes it difficult to make any specific recommendation that would be valid for all of Europe or even for all parts of any particular European country and it is therefore necessary to build the future of child and adolescent psychiatry (and of mental health promotion) as a mosaic with a variety of services and arrangements differing from each other but made harmonious by the acceptance of general ethical principles and the use of rational approaches to problems that arise.
The presentation will first discuss socioeconomic and other factors shaping the context in which child mental health care has to happen and then review modalities of care for children and adolescents as well as possible vehicles of the promotion of mental health and development. It will also refer to professional and organizational dilemmas facing child and adolescent psychiatry and problems such as that of continuity of care across age that accompany the growth of mental health care services for children and adolescents.
Professor Norman Sartorius