You are cordially invited to attend a Symposium on Saturday the 17th of September 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.
As all of you are aware the numbers of people who are forced to migrate to safer places are very high and there are serious concerns about their psychosocial and mental health conditions. As professionals dealing with these important aspects of health we have to do our utmost best to be effectively active to prevent and alleviate suffering. Therefore we organize a special meeting with the theme:
‘People on the Move; Asylum Seekers and Refugees‘.
The aim of the meeting is : To exchange facts and ideas on mental health issues related to the high influx of refugees in a wide range of countries in the Middle east and Europe, and to discuss (and document ) how issues could be improved.
To accomplish this aim a range of speakers and organizations is invited to present. Representatives from the following countries have confirmed their readiness to contribute with a presentation about the situations and interventions in their respective country : Syria, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, the UK and Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Invitations are pending to colleagues from Spain, Italy and Austria
Nana Wiedemann Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies is the keynote speaker in the morning session and invitation has been send to other organizations.
Location: University of Hamburg Eppendorf (UKE),
Accomodation recommended : Baseler Hof Hotel, Esplanade 11, 20354Hamburg,
The meeting will be held from 9.00 till 17.00 o’clock.
The fee for participation is 50 euro, to be paid at arrival. The number of participants is limited to 100
Please send your REGISTRATION as soon as possible to the secretary of the section : prof dr Joseba Achotequil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to your presence and active participation at this important Symposium. You will return home with a lot of knowledge about how to deliver mental health care to refugees even better. You can gather information about failures and successes from a wide range of mental health professionals from different countries.
On behalf of the organizing committee
Kees Laban, Chair World Psychiatry Association- Section Transcultural Psychiatry (WPA-TPS) http://www.wpa-tps.org/news/
Other members of the organizing committee : Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Sofie Baarnhielm, Marianne Kastrup
Ps This symposium was first scheduled as pre-congress meeting of the WPA international Congress in Istanbul, july 2016. Unfortunately this Congress had to be cancelled. We are very glad and thankful that the Turkish-German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Health (DTGGP) is willing to host this symposium at their congress.