2004 AEP Symposium
The Association of European Psychiatrists, which is more commonly decrease to the AEP in this context, is a valued body. It has been conducting symposiums for biannually for some decades. 2016 saw the 18th meeting of the Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry section. Back in 2014, this group put on the 12th symposium in Mannheim, Germany.
The group has long tried to uncover key areas of research and failing and mental health care. This particular convention had a specific aim when it came to improving the quality and focus of mental health care in Europe.
The Primary Focus Of The 2004 Event Was “Determinants And Consequences Of Psychiatric Illness.”
This meant looking at the main causes that can trigger psychiatric disorders and ways of dealing with them. In some cases, this meant looking at social determinants with a significant impact on the development and treatment of mental illness.
In others, there were reports on access to healthcare, the attitudes of providers and the impact of drugs and substance abuse. It was important that the speakers looked at both biological, psychosocial and economic causes and their consequences.
There was also a desire to provide information on people across the life stages. This meant a look at the prevention of mental illness in childhood and adolescence through improved environmental factors. There were also studies on the effect of mental health on the elderly.
Some Of The Key Findings are Presents At The 2004 Symposium.
The main aim of the sessions in the AEP schedule was to present information and theories based on European Multicenter Studies. The following studies are great examples. One important study presented at this 2004 symposium was the following: “Population-based Cohort Study of the Effect of Common Mental Disorders on Disability Pension Awards.”
This study worked to look at the impact of mental illness on the way that Norway awarded disability pensions. It gathered information on the population of working-age individuals. Then it sees the way that the pensions were subsequently awarded based on key diagnoses.
They found that while anxiety and depression were predictors in the awarding of these funds, few were officially awarded for mental illnesses. That display a disregard for mental health is this welfare system, with a negative impact on young claimants.
Another study presented was “Reducing Suicides Through an Alliance Against Depression?”. Here, researchers looked at methods into the early detection of depression to determine whether early intervention lowered suicide rates. The figures before and after the five-year period analyzed. They showed that there was a decline in the test area, with a significant decrease in male suicides. This suggests that a male-focused community-based measure was helpful.
This Biennial Event Helped To Shed Light On A Range Of Issues Within Social Psychiatric Issues And Mental Health Care
These reports, along with other findings presented at the Mannheim Convention, showed clear failings in European mental illness awareness. The continued work of this group and the prestige of the AEP means that they can continue to make a case for improve mental health initiatives and continue to uncover new social determinants.