The Second Eastern European Psychiatric Congress

"Collaborating for Mental Health" Moscow, 27th - 30th October, 2009

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the 2nd Eastern European Psychiatric Congress which will take place in Moscow, Russian Federation, October 27-30, 2009.

This Congress follows the very successful First Eastern European Congress that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in September 2007. The Psychiatric Association for Eastern Europe and the Balkans is rather young, but psychiatry in our region has a long-standing tradition and rapid recent development.

The state of the art in mental health is characterized by a variety of challenges in diagnosis, aetiology, pathogenesis and management of mental diseases, psychosomatic and stress-related disorders as well as challenges regarding hot issues like suicide and re-organization of psychiatric services towards community direction.

The consequences of the transition in the countries of the former socialist system, natural and man-made disasters, war conflicts, the ecological situation – all these factors constitute new tasks in psychiatry today. The high prevalence of socially significant mental illnesses and the wide range of treatment approaches set a mission to mental health professionals. One of the main additional challenges for psychiatry in our days is collaboration with other mental health care professionals, a collaboration that should be achieved with respect for expertise and for each other’s “territory”, if we want to fulfill our obligation to improve the care of our patients.

We have a good opportunity to discuss all these topics in the friendly atmosphere of mutual collaboration.

You can find the detailed information on the web-site of the congress:

Looking forward to welcoming you all personally in Russia to the Second East European Congress of the PAEEB, in October 2009,

Organizing Committee