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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

European conferences

Wednesday, 7 March

On Saturday, I arrived at the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress in Prague. The EPA has voted to include national societies as well as individual members, which hopefully will give a lever for a more shared vision, purpose, and reality to European psychiatry. It is the first time I've attended the Congress, and am impressed with how it manages to successfully blend science with humanity across the presentations. It has given me real food for thought.

I hope the Presidents of psychiatric societies in Europe will meet the day before our International Congress in Liverpool, together with the zonal leads for Europe from the World Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organisation. This will give us an opportunity to talk about the mental health strategy that is shortly to be completed by WHO, and will help all of us - in each of our countries - develop a stronger voice about what we do and can do, raising the profile of both psychiatry and the importance of good mental health services.

Yesterday, I moved on to Berlin to attend the 3rd European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (EFCAP) Congress. The 5th EFCAP conference will be held in London in spring 2014, and I hope many people working across health and social justice will contribute. Any ideas you may have about themes and format will be gratefully received.



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