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9 July 2024 - WHO launches new network for advancing data and digital solutions for health

WHO/Europe has launched the Strategic Partners’ Initiative for Data and Digital Health (SPI-DDH), a collaboration network that brings together the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region and leading partners in the fields of data and digital health.

The SPI-DDH aims to tackle issues related to the digital transformation of health systems and foster a future where all patients and health-care workers can benefit from safe, affordable and person-centred digital technologies for health.

27 June 2024 - EU Commission releases 2024 edition of Science, Research and Innovation Performance report

The Commission has released the 2024 edition of the Science, Research and Innovation Performance (SRIP) report. This new edition offers a comprehensive and detailed overview of how Europe is performing today in terms of science, research and innovation and analyses the key determinants of this performance. By highlighting the essential role of R&I in driving competitiveness, environmental sustainability and improved quality of life, the report offers data-rich analysis coupled with in-depth exploration of topical policy issues.

Report website

15 May 2024 - WHO launches Young Researchers Forum

The WHO Office on Quality of Care and Patient Safety in Athens, Greece, through its Programme on the Quality of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care, in collaboration with the WHO European Mental Health Flagship, introduces the first-ever WHO Young Researchers Forum to improve the quality of child and adolescent mental health care, set to be launched on 4 June 2024.

This initiative, tailored for early-career professionals and researchers from the WHO European Region, aims at improving the quality of children and adolescents' mental health care through supporting cutting-edge research and cross-disciplinary partnerships.

The Forum is specifically designed for early-career researchers and professionals aged 18–30 years in the WHO European Region, who are passionate about addressing the quality of mental health services for children and adolescents. This demographic includes students, recent graduates, postdoctoral researchers, and young professionals in the early stages of their careers in fields relevant to mental health, such as psychology, psychiatry, public health, social work, and education.

Find out more.

13 May 2024 - EU Commission launches Tracking Framework for the implementation of the comprehensive approach to mental health

The EU Commission launched a tracking framework which provides regular updates on the implementation of the actions stemming from the Communication on a comprehensive approach on mental health adopted on 7 June 2023.
This version was published on 13 May 2024 on the occasion of the European Mental Health Week and the next update is scheduled for the World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2024.

3 May 2024 - New ESCAP Communication: Updates from the third residential course on child and adolescent psychiatry endorsed by ESCAP

After the positive feedback received in relation to the previous edition, the third Residential Course on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry endorsed by ESCAP took place from September 27th to 30th, 2023 in Catania, Italy. The Residential Course is organized on a yearly basis with the contribution of “Progetto Aita” Onlus, a non-profit association which supports children with neurodevelopmental disabilities by promoting inclusive social and sport activities, as well as scientific events in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Read the report in our ECAP journal.

Find out more about this year's Residential Course and how to apply.

2 May 2024 - New ESCAP Communication: Climate crisis and youth mental health in Greece: an interdisciplinary approach

In 2023, our planet witnessed record-breaking temperatures, with last year's average temperature surpassing the pre-industrial average by 1.4 °C [1] Approaching the critical 1.5 °C threshold of long-term warming, is expected to bring severe impacts. These impacts are projected to affect various aspects of everyday life, though predicting the exact magnitude of their effects remains challenging. Greece, grappling many years with recurring wildfires, endured this summer a major wildfire, which burned continuously for twenty days in the northern part of the country, followed by extreme floods triggered by a cyclone that struck the Mediterranean region. Europe, too, experienced unprecedented heatwaves beyond the summer months.

Read the whole article.

29 April 2024 - Council of Europe releases new guide to children's participation in decisions about their health

The newly released Council of Europe Guide to children’s participation in decisions about their health aims to provide answers and food for thought and further pursues its efforts to promote a child-friendly, participatory approach to care and research.

The Guide provides information and advice, primarily for healthcare professionals, about how to involve children in decision-making processes regarding their health. It starts by presenting the theoretical and legal framework for children’s participation in the field of healthcare and progresses to describe important components of the decision-making process, helping health professionals to understand their role in supporting children, families, and other professionals to enact this in practice. 

Key concepts of consent, assent, and best interests are discussed, and common healthcare situations are presented where participation in decision making may sometimes be perceived as more challenging. Examples and links to good practice are provided throughout.

The Guide was developed by the Steering Committee for Human Rights in the fields of Biomedicine and Health (CDBIO) and the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF), and is available in English and French.

Download the guide here.

27 April 2024 - ESCAP statement on the care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria: an urgent need for safeguarding clinical, scientific, and ethical standards

ESCAP firmly believes that there is an urgent need to apply widely endorsed clinical, scientific, and ethical standards to the care of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. It is important to base decisions for possible medical transitions on a rigorous assessment of individual needs and their capacity to consent regarding the serious long-term consequences of these treatments. 

Read the latest ESCAP Communication here.

25 April 2024 - Sustainable action is needed more than ever: ESCAP welcomes the efforts of the European Commission and the decisions of the European Parliament on mental health care for children, adolescents and young people and calls on the Member States to act quickly

ESCAP strongly supports and welcomes the EU mental health initiatives by the EU Commission, Council and Parliament regarding. It is time and finally a chance to make a difference for the benefit of young people’s mental health in the European region!

Read our latest ESCAP Communication here. 
See also ESCAP's mental health positions ahead of this year's European Parliament elections.

25 April 2024 - ESCAP endorses the inclusion of methylphenidate in the WHO model lists of essential medicines and in the Union list of critical medicines

In December 2023, the EU launched their first Union list of critical medicines. The list contains medications whose continued supply is deemed a priority in the European Union, with an aim to prevent harm to patients and ensure the smooth functioning of healthcare systems function. Given the high level of impairment associated with untreated ADHD, and the fact that, in many countries, methylphenidate is the only available compound to treat ADHD, we were surprised that the list does not include methylphenidate.

Read this new ESCAP Communication by Samuele Cortese, David Coghill, Joerg M. Fegert, Gregory W. Mattingly, Luis A. Rohde, Ian C.K. Wong & Stephen V. Faraone.

23 April 2024 - EU Commission issues recommendations to better protect children from violence

The Commission adopted the Recommendation on developing and strengthening integrated child protection systems in the best interests of the child, as a commitment in the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child.

The Recommendation will support Member States in strengthening their child protection systems. Authorities at all levels of governance and civil society across all sectors need to work together to protect children from all forms of violence in a coherent and systemic way.

In October 2023, ESCAP contributed to the EU consultation on integrated child protection systems. Read our statement here.

Press Release

Download Recommendations (available in English, German, French)

13 April 2024 - FAMILY publication in our ECAP journal

The FAMILY consortium has published an article in our ECAP journal: "Running in the FAMILY: understanding and predicting the intergenerational transmission of mental illness". Find out more about the Horizon Europe project and its objectives. ESCAP is delighted to be a partner in this important project and we would like to thank all consortium members for the fruitful collaboration.

April 2024 - New EU Funding and Tender Portal

The EU have launched their updated and enhanced Funding and Tender Portal. It features advanced search capabilities, tailored recommendations and enhanced filtering. You can watch a short video explaining the changes.

March 2024 - A focus on adolescent peer violence and bullying in Europe, central Asia and Canada. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children international report from the 2021/2022 survey. Volume 2

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (‎HBSC)‎ study is a large school-based survey carried out every four years in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The 2021/2022 HBSC survey data are accompanied by a series of volumes that summarize the key findings around specific health topics. This report, Volume 2 in the series, focuses on adolescent peer violence and bullying, using the unique HBSC evidence on adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15 years across 44 countries and regions in Europe, central Asia and Canada. It describes the status of adolescent peer violence (‎bullying, cyberbullying and fighting)‎, the role of gender, age and social inequality, and how adolescent bullying and fighting behaviour has changed over time. 

Download the report

13 March 2024 - ESCAP releases mental health policy positions ahead of European Parliament Elections 2024

With view to the 2024 elections for the European Parliament, the ESCAP Board agreed recommendations and demands with regard to ensuring that the mental health of children and young people are being treated as a priority throughout the next legislative period 2024-2029. 

During 2023, the EU Commission, EU Council and EU Parliament have all released initiatives and statements addressing the mental health crisis we are experiencing. We welcome all participatory initiatives and now need to see concrete actions. During the next legislature period, we expect the new EU Parliament to expand and implement the important fundamental resolution from 2023. Addressing the Mental Health crisis is a continuous task that needs to be taken seriously and must not be dropped in the light of other developments.

Read more.

ESCAP’s Positions – European Parliament Elections 2024 (English)

Positions de l’ESCAP – Elections du Parlement européen 2024 (Français)

ESCAP’s Positionen – Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament 2024 (Deutsch)

Posiciones de ESCAP – Elecciones al Parlamento Europeo 2024 (Español)

7 March 2024 - Making the WHO European Region the healthiest online environment for children: position statement

Children's lives are increasingly blended between the digital and physical worlds, intertwining virtual and real experiences in their daily routines. Ensuring online safety for children is becoming a growing concern within the WHO European Region.

Most children grow up with digital devices that give them constant access to the Internet. While this may bring benefits and open up possibilities, it can also allow significant harms for children’s development and physical and mental health.

This conference edition of the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Position Statement on Making the WHO European Region the Healthiest Online Environment for Children aims to support governments in formulating consistent requests to online and technology companies, with the overall goal of securing healthy online environments in which children can thrive. The position paper addresses the need to protect all children up to the age of 18 from violence, exploitation and abuse; highlights the need to include children’s rights in all actions; and addresses privacy and data protection issues.

Position Statement

28 February 2024 - ESCAP signs EU4Health Civil Society Alliance 2024 Election Manifesto 

The EU4Health Civil Society Alliance, gathering more than 30 health civil society organisations, has defined its priorities and recommendations ahead of the upcoming European elections in 2024, with the overarching goal of securing health on the EU political agenda. The manifesto gathers 10 key priorities, focusing on strengthening EU policymaking in public health, delivering stronger policies improving public health, and breaking policy silos: 

  1. The EU should scale up action to promote public, physical and mental health, prevention, and equity by establishing a dedicated Vice-President in the European Commission and providing health with a space and legislative powers in the European Parliament.
  2. Health promotion and prevention should have a budget allocated at the EU level and be reflected in investments and economic discourse.
  3. Through the adoption of a Civil Society Strategy, the EU should develop mechanisms for stronger co-creation of policies, programmes and services, that allow for real empowerment of people and communities, including patient engagement.
  4. The EU should support and enable civil society space at the EU level and increase the participation of CSOs in policymaking across health and other sectors by ensuring dedicated funding mechanisms.
  5. The EU must urgently address the dire challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through a coherent framework for prevention and action.
  6. EU action should focus on addressing and eliminating health inequalities, eradicating discrimination, and promoting equal access to health and care.
  7. EU policies improving care for patients and strengthening healthcare systems should promote holistic, person-centred and integrative health care.
  8. The EU should establish a true European Health Union.
  9. The EU must develop overarching actions fostering health-enabling environments.
  10. The EU should ensure that all policies consider impacts on mental health, physical health, and wellbeing. 

21 February 2024 - Clinical care of childhood sexual abuse: a systematic review and critical appraisal of guidelines from European countries

The clinical management of Child sexual abuse (CSA) demands specialised skills from healthcare professionals due to its sensitivity, legal implications, and serious physical health and mental health effects. Standardised, comprehensive clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) may be pivotal. In this systematic review published in The Lancet Regional Health Europe by Otterman et al, existing CSA national CPGs (NCPGs) from European countries were examined to assess their quality and reporting.

ESCAP strongly supports the authors' call for the development of a pan-European guideline.

February 2024 - New UNICEF Report: The State of Children in the European Union 2024 - Addressing the needs and rights of the EU's youngest generation

The EU is one of the most equal and prosperous regions in the world. Yet, the rights of far too many children within its borders are under threat or even denied. Too many children in the EU face persistently high rates of poverty and social exclusion, mental health challenges, and environmental dangers such as air pollution.

UNICEF's new report The state of children in the European Union summarizes analyses by UNICEF on child well-being and progress for children in the European Union (EU) during the period of the current EU legislature, 2019-2024, identifies key issues for the next political cycle and makes recommendations on how to address those.

The report is accompanied by four policy briefs covering child poverty, mental health, the environment and digital technologies. 

Click here for the report, briefs and summaries

February 2024 - The impact of abduction and hostage-taking on the mental health of children and adolescents: a scoping review

This Scoping Review by Gossmann et al was conducted following the terrorist attacks on Israel in October 2023 and is now available online in our ECAP journal. 
The ESCAP Board released two statements and we are reiterating the call for a humanitarian ceasefire.

Statement of the ESCAP Board on children taken as hostages in the context of the recent terrorist attacks in Israel

Statement of the ESCAP Board: Stop the humanitarian crisis in Gaza – Ensuring the basic needs of children

1-2 February 2024 - Ukrainian-German Conference on Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Rehabilitation

A medical conference to support mental health, psychosocial support and rehabilitation in Ukraine took place in Berlin on 1 and 2 February 2024. The conference was held under the patronage of the two First Ladies Olena Zelenska and Elke Büdenbender and focussed on trauma care and the prevention of long-term consequences. The spectrum ranged from acute trauma surgery care and medical support by taking over patients with oncological diseases that can no longer be treated in Ukraine, especially in the paediatric and adolescent sector, to traumatic war injuries that cannot be treated or are difficult to treat given the destruction of hospitals by air raids.
Professor Jörg M. Fegert had been invited to speak in both his capacity as head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy at the University Ulm and ESCAP President. 

Read his conference report here.
For further information and photos

February 2024 - ESCAP joins pan-European Mental Health Coalition

Further formalizing our links with WHO Europe, ESCAP officially joined the pan-European Mental Health Coalition this month where we will be represented by the Co-Chairs of our Policy Division, Maja Drobnič Radobuljac and Robert Vermeiren.

The Coalition is a partnership dedicated to improving mental health across the WHO European Region. It targets gaps in mental health services by gathering national leaders, professionals, members of civil society, representatives of international organizations and experts to collaborate on bringing mental health out of the shadows and into the mainstream.

Key priorities for the Coalition are to transform mental health services and integrate mental health into emergency response and recovery efforts, as well as promoting mental health and preventing mental ill health across the life course.

6 February 2024 - Report from first FAMILY Stakeholder Event

The 1st FAMILY Stakeholder Dialogue Event took place on January 17th, 2024 and 42 participants from across Europe attended the online event. The main objective was to collect the views of mental healthcare professionals on the ethical aspects and social consequences of prediction of risk of severe mental illness. Risk prediction for mental health problems is a prominent focus of research in psychiatry. However, risk prediction comes with ethical and social challenges, such as questions about informed consent, the right not to know, risk of stigmatisation and discrimination, empowerment and strengthening resilience of affected families, responsible use of Artificial Intelligence etc. In break out groups case studies were discussed and the results shared in the plenum.

Read more in our post-event report.

1 February 2024 - EU Council agrees on revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework 

The midterm revision of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 was agreed by the EU Council. To finance the priorities identified, cuts were made in a number of areas, including EUR 2,1 billion being redeployed from Horizon Europe and EUR 1 billion will be redeployed from the EU4Health programme. 

EU Council Conclusions

17 January 2024 - UNICEF publishes annual report Prospects for Children

Prospects for Children in 2024: Cooperation in a Fragmented World is the latest edition of the Global Outlook, a series of reports produced each year by UNICEF Innocenti – Global Office of Research and Foresight, which look to the key trends affecting children and young people over the following 12 months and beyond.

Read the report

13 January 2024 - New Year's Reception hosted by Germany's First Lady

On Friday, ESCAP President Jörg Fegert attended the New Year's Reception of Germany's First Lady Ms. Büdenbender at Bellevue Castle in Berlin. In her speech, Ms. Büdenbender highlighted the importance of mental health, especially of young people.

You can read the full speech (in English) here. 


20 December 2023 - WHO Europe Report: Left behind: inequalities in the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among adolescents in the WHO European Region

The new WHO Europe report summarizes findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey round 2021/2022 regarding the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents’ health and health behaviours in 22 countries and regions of the WHO European Region. 

The survey showes that the pandemic and imposed restrictions had an unequal impact on adolescents, being more negative for those who were vulnerable to health problems and thereby further increasing pre-existing inequalities.

Based on the findings, the report includes recommendations on the implications these should have for policy-making going forward. Understanding the COVID-19 impact on more disadvantaged groups is essential to avoid increases in the social gradient in health. 

Summary of findings

Full report

12 December 2023 - EU publishes first Union List of Critical Medicines

The European Commission published the first Union list of critical medicines, together with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Member States' Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA). The publication follows the commitment made in the Commission's Communication on addressing medicine shortages in the EU to accelerate the work on this list, originally announced in the EU's pharmaceutical reform proposal. It is an important part of the EU's efforts under the European Health Union to ensure patients have the medicines they need, by fostering the security of supply of critical medicines and preventing shortages from occurring. It is also part of the EU's efforts to improve its resilience and strategic autonomy in the face of geopolitical and unexpected challenges.

A medicine is listed as critical when it is essential to ensure the provision and the continuity of quality healthcare, and to guarantee a high level of public health protection in Europe. This first Union critical medicines list contains more than 200 active substances used in human medicines, which are considered essential in the EU/EEA.

The inclusion on this list is not an indication that a medicine is likely to experience a shortage in the near future. Rather, it signifies the critical importance of averting shortages for these specific medicines, as its unavailability could cause significant harm to patients and pose substantial challenges to health systems.

12 December 2023 - EU Parliament adopts resolution on mental health

MEPs adopted their recommendations on prioritising mental health, as an integral part of a person’s health, in EU and national policies. MEPs call on the Commission to draw up a long-term, comprehensive and integrated EU Mental Health Strategy. Member states should develop corresponding national strategies with clear timelines, adequate budgets, concrete targets and indicators to monitor progress.

Read more

10 December 2023 - Stop the humanitarian crisis in Gaza – Ensuring the basic needs of children

As the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip now threatens epidemics according to the WHO and basic living and health needs can no longer be guaranteed, the foundation is missing. Not only for the survival of children and young people who were born victims of a conflict in this region, but also for their educational opportunities and mental health, which are massively jeopardized in the long term by potentially traumatizing conditions. This is how a new round of the cycle of violence is created. We fully support the WHO’s call for the protection of humanitarian space in Gaza issued on Tuesday (12/12/2023).

We believe it is important to unambiguously make it clear that the current humanitarian crisis will have long-term consequences for individual development. Basic needs must be guaranteed immediately! We call for immediate and long-term psychological support for children and families in the area and for a durable political solution with peace for children, no matter what nationality their parents are.

Read the full statement.

30 November 2023 - EU Council issues conclusions on mental health

The EU Council highlights the importance of addressing mental health and well-being in different contexts in the life course, which benefits both individuals and societies. It recognises the beneficial role of communities, schools, sports and culture in strengthening mental health and life-long mental well-being.

The conclusions invite member states to elaborate actions plans or strategies with a cross-sectoral approach to mental health, addressing not only health, but also employment, education, digitalisation and AI, culture, environment and climate factors, among other things.

ESCAP invites all member societies to approach their national governments with view to implementing these conclusions and highlighting the importance of considering the mental health of children and adolescents in particular.

Press release

18 November 2023: 2023 ESCAP Research Academy workshop: ADHD and emotional dysregulation

The 6th workshop of the ESCAP Research Academy (RA) took place from June 27th to 28th, 2023 in Copenhagen, just prior to the ESCAP Congress. 25 fellows from 14 ESCAP member countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK) were selected to take part. In addition, we were delighted to welcome a participant from India this year.

A review of the workshop has now been published as an ESCAP Communication in our ECAP journal.

2 November 2023 - Youth engaged for mental health - A framework for youth participation under the WHO Pan-European Mental Health Coalition

This framework was developed to answer a strong and consistent request from WHO pan-European Coalition members that young people be actively engaged in activities undertaken by WHO which impact young people’s mental health and well-being across the European Region, whether it be policy or guidance development, research or programming. Young Coalition members initiated development of the framework to ensure that the active participation of young people was carried out in a way that was consistent, meaningful and, most importantly, underpinned by what young people want and need to feel safe and empowered to engage.

Download the framework.

30 October 2023 - Statement of the ESCAP Board on children taken as hostages in the context of the recent terrorist attacks in Israel

ESCAP is shocked and deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Israel and the escalating violence and horrors in Israel and Gaza that ensued and are still on-going. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the victims and everyone affected by these horrific events.

In our positional statements "War hits children first" and "The impact of war" we highlighted that it is always children who are hit first and trauma research shows the devastating consequences and what our profession can contribute to support and treat these children.

We call for the immediate release of the children taken hostage and the provision of care for them in the aftermath of their ordeal. Caregivers taken as hostages with their children and siblings should be freed together with them, as they play an important role in the direct support of their children.

We fully support UNICEF's statement from 24 October 2023 and their call for ceasefires and for sustained and unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance.

17 October 2023 - Integrated Child Protection Systems in the EU

The EU Commission is working on an initiative that aims to support the development and strengthening of integrated child protection systems in the EU.

Focused on children’s needs, the initiative aims to encourage all relevant authorities and services to work together in a holistic way, from preventing abuse of and violence towards children, to protecting them. It is also intended to present how to better use existing EU tools (laws, policies, funding) to make child protection systems more integrated and robust, by avoiding silos.

As part of the initiative, they ran a public "Have your say" consultation to which ESCAP provided feedback. Read our response here.

You can read more about the initiative and all submitted responses on the "Have your say" website of the EU Commission.

10 October 2023 - World Mental Health Day

Yesterday, a new Eurobarometer on mental health was published which shows that nine in ten respondents (89%) consider that mental health promotion is as important as physical health promotion. At the same time, less than half of respondents agree that people with mental health issues receive the same level of care as those with a physical condition. Moreover, almost half of respondents (46%) experienced an emotional or psychosocial problem, such as feeling depressed or anxious, in the past twelve months. More than half of these respondents (54%) with a mental health issue have not received help from a professional, according to the survey.

The Flash Eurobarometer was conducted between 14 June 2023 and 21 June 2023. A total of 26,501 respondents aged 15 and over from 27 EU Member States were interviewed via computer-assisted web interviewing.

9 October 2023 - new WHO guidance on mental health legislation

WHO-OHCHR launch new guidance to improve laws addressing human rights abuses in mental health care

Ahead of tomorrow's World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) have jointly launched a new guidance, entitled “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”, to support countries to reform legislation in order to end human rights abuses and increase access to quality mental health care.

News Release
Link to the guidance

4 - 6 October 2023 - FAMILY General Assembly

The General Assembly of the EU Horizon FAMILY project took place in Lausanne, Switzerland. This 5 year project "Running in the FAMILY – Understanding and predicting the intergenerational transmission of mental illness" started a year ago and it was great to meet with all project partners and find out about the progess in the different work packages. 

Follow the project on X and LinkedIn and/or visit the project website for updates.

19 September 2023 - "A life with ADHD" - new free online course launched

A new, free online course "A life with ADHD" from the University of Geneva and including international experts Samuele Cortese, David Coghill and Tobias Banaschewski can now be accessed on YouTube and Coursera. The course was developed for people affected by attention deficit disorder, their families, and the professionals who care for them. It is available in English and French.

More information - as well as other resources on ADHD and other disorders - can be found in our Resource Centre on the ESCAP website.

21 September 2023 - Methylphenidate for ADHD

Methylphenidate for ADHD is not on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines. A correspondence arguing that it should be has been published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Together with 15 other national/international associations, ESCAP endorsed this correspondence.

29 June - 1 July 2023: Next Generation Europe - a balancing act between clinical, research, clinical and political demands

ESCAP Congress 2023, Copenhagen

More than 1,600 delegates from all over the world attended the 20th International ESCAP Congress and enjoyed an outstanding scientific programme and the personal exchange and networks with colleagues. 

On our YouTube Channel, you can watch interviews with some of our Keynote and State of the Art lectures as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Congress.

Review of the congress including photos and our poster prize winners.


30 June 2023 - New ESCAP President

Jörg Fegert started his term as ESCAP President. Jörg joined the Board in 2019. Before taking on the role of President, he chaired the ESCAP Policy Division.  

Jörg is based in Ulm, Germany and his personal field of interest is care of traumatized children and child protection issues in medicine and in an interdisciplinary background.

30 June 2023 - new ESCAP Board Members

We warmly welcome our new Board members:

June 2023 - Involving youth peer support workers in child and adolescent psychiatry

Over the last years, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry services are confronted with a growing number of children and adolescents with severe and enduring mental health problems. Unfortunately, state of the art psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions are insufficient to help them. Subsequently, a number of youths lose perspective and feel abandoned by society and do not believe that they can be helped. Therefore, innovative ways of providing care must be explored.

In that perspective, we need to explore the possibilities of the growing body of youth peer support workers (YPSWs) in child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP).

Read the full statement

May 2023 - Mental health in All Policies approach - ESCAP endorses statement

The EU HPP (Health Policy Platform) Mental Health in all Policies (MHiaP) Thematic Network have released a statement on "A Mental health in All Policies approach as key component of any comprehensive initiative on mental health". The statement is calling for a Mental Health in All Policies (MHiaP) approach, i.e., for public policies across sectors to promote population mental health and wellbeing by initiating and facilitating action within different non-health public policy areas. The vision is that of a Europe where everyone’s mental health can flourish across the entire life course and everyone can have timely, appropriate and affordable access to support, when needed. ESCAP officially and fully endorses this statement.

For more information and the full statement

February 2023 - ESCAP releases statement on trauma and recovery after natural disasters

Last week’s earthquake in southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria shocked the world. The number of lost lives and those injured still continues to rise. Our sincere sympathy and solidarity go out to everyone affected and we offer our condolences to the bereaved families and the injured. 

Following the disaster, we have seen National, European, International NGOs as well as communities and individuals coming together to provide financial help and support on the ground. We are grateful for all these valuable efforts which also contribute to enabling returning to a certain degree of normalcy. As the first rescue teams are now pulling out, we want to stress how important it is to offer long-term support in these situations. 

While the initial focus of the rescue has been on physically assisting the victims, the psychological consequences of such tragedies are immense and must not be ignored. Not least, as we are seeing a rise in natural disasters across Europe, it’s necessary that we develop processes to address these issues and offer immediate psychological support, especially to children and adolescents. 

Read the full statement