AEP – The Association Of European Psychiatrists
The AEP – The Association of European Psychiatrists – is a respected organization. It works to look into the causes and effects of mental health issues on the continent. In 2004, a group of experts in social psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, and mental health care took part in a symposium in Mannheim.
There was a clear aim with this biannual AEP meeting of peers, students and researchers. That was the chance to look at new ideas in the field for future development in mental illness treatment.
Mannheim was the ideal location as the central European base for the continent’s leading researchers. This was a two-day program in late June that took place in both the Wartburg Hotel and nearby Jewish community center.
It was the most specific group of the Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry sector that headed to Mannheim in 2004. Experts with the sector have long noted that these AEP meetings are the largest gathering of these professionals within Europe.
This means that it is the best place to hear cutting-edge research and informed opinions from the brightest minds. This section has a clear set of objectives that fitted in perfectly with the theme for the year. Those objectives are as follows.
- The promotion of mental health research in the areas above to incite future performance.
- To inspire young talent within those fields and recruit them into the epidemiological and psychiatric work.
- To use the research and ideas to improve the quality of further methods and healthcare measures across the continent.
The Theme Of The Event Was “Determinants And Consequences Of Psychiatric Illness.”
Here speakers were able to present information on a wide range of topics relating to biological, psychosocial and economic causes. With calls for a proportionate universalism approach to mental health care provision, this broad range was appropriate.
It is widely believed that we need to handle social determinants of mental illness on a broad scale. This meant stretching across different social levels and life stages. This is why this 2004 was so important. Here these varied social, biological and economic issues were carefully considered with different societies and age groups in mind.
It was just as important to look at mental health provision for the elderly and adolescent as adults. This helps with the aim of focusing on prevention of mental illness before birth.
The Findings Showed Clear Social Psychiatric Problems And Causations, With Major Implications.
The findings presented at this 2004 symposium spoke volumes about the effects of social factors on mental illness. There were links between issues like wealth, class and accessibility to mental health care and psychiatric disorders. There were also issues relating to different age groups and drug abuse.
The broad range of issues and the complexity of this two-day event certainly worked with those three aims of the section. The research should inspire others to promote future studies, bring new talent into the field and promote better initiatives.
The Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry have long known that we need improvement in mental health provision across the board. This symposium proved it.