EPA Forum 2022

EPA Forum 2022

Mental Health in Europe: Care, research and response in times of crisis

Saturday 4 June 2022 9:00 – 12:00 CEST



Chairs: Peter Falkai, EPA President & Geert Dom, EPA President Elect

9:00 – 9:05

Welcome and introduction, Peter Falkai, President, EPA

9:05 – 9:15

Keynote address by Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the EU Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Session 1 - Mental Health research in Europe: challenges and opportunities


  • (9:15 – 9:25) Presentation on the needs in psychiatric research, Peter Falkai, President, EPA
  • (9:25 – 9:35) Presentation on How to support young scientists in neuropsychiatry research, Szabolcs Kéri, Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • (9:35 – 9:45) Presentation on ICD-11 Robert Jakob, Team Leader, Classifications Terminologies and Standards, WHO
  • (9:45 – 9:55) Landscape analysis on brain research – the EBRA project, Frédéric Destrebecq, Executive Director, European Brain Council (EBC)


(9:55 – 10:10) Roundtable on the needs in brain research, moderated by Philip Gorwood, Past President, EPA

  • Jean-Antoine Girault, President, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)
  • Elena Moro, Secretary General, European Academy of Neurology (EAN)
  • Judit Balázs, Representative, Hungarian Psychiatric Association

10:10 – 10:20

Q&A: Session 1

10:20 – 10:25

Coffee Break

Session 2 - Mental health policies and priorities across Europe in times of crisis

(10:25 – 10:30) Video-message from Nataliya Maruta, President, Association of Neurologists, Psychiatrists and Narcologists of Ukraine


  • (10:30– 10:40) Presentation of EPA Solidarity Network and its activities, Peter Falkai, President, EPA
  • (10:40– 10:50) Mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies and forced displacement, Ledia Lazeri, Regional Adviser for Mental Health, WHO Europe
  • (10:50– 11:00) Presentation of “Help for Helpers” Webinars, Martina Rojnic Kuzman, Secretary for Sections, EPA
  • (11:00– 11:10) The importance of best practices in times of crisis, Silvana Galderisi, Member of Ethical Issues and Publication Committees, EPA
  • (11:10– 11:15) Presentation on the EPA Ambassadors Survey, Philip Gorwood, Past President, EPA

11:15 – 11:20

Coffee Break

Session 3 - Roundtable discussion on the call for a European Year for Mental Health

11:20 – 11:45  Roundtable discussion on the call for a European Year for Mental Health – moderated by Peter Falkai and Geert Dom


  • Alviina Alametsä, Member of the EU Parliament (Greens, Finland)
  • Ana Maria Tijerino Inestroza, Technical Officer, Mental health Flagship Programme, WHO Europe
  • André Decraene, Representative, EUFAMI
  • Hilkka Karkkainen, President, GAMIAN-Europe
  • Andrew Brittlebank, President, UEMS Section of Psychiatry

11:45 – 11:55

Q&A: Session 3

11:55 – 12:00

Closing remarks, Geert Dom, President Elect, EPA