S. Vahip, Turkey

Chair NPAs Steering Committee 2019-2021; Ege University, Medicine Faculty, Department of Psychiatry
I was born in Cyprus. I graduated from Ege University Medicine Faculty (Izmir - Turkey) and had my residency training at the same university. Mood disorders, especially bipolar disorder and related phenomena such as bipolar depression and manic switch; classification in psychiatry, and training in psychiatry are among my main areas of interest. I am author in more than 130 papers and 20 books or book chapters in Turkish and in English. I am co-editor of “Treatment Guidelines for Bipolar Disorders” and “Source Book of Treatment Guidelines for Depression” published for Psychiatric Association of Turkey. I was the editor of the Turkish version of Bipolar Disorders (translation of the official ISBD journal) for 3 years. I was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Psychiatry Update / Journal of Continuing Education & Continuing Professional Development of Psychiatric Association of Turkey (2011-2014). I have founded and directed several inpatient and outpatient units at Ege University (Affective Disorders Unit (founded in 1986), Clinical Psychopharmacology and Research Inpatient Unit (founded in 1989), Affective Disorders and Research Inpatient Unit (founded in 1997). I have worked as the Residency Training Coordinator at the same department for many years. I was president of the Society for Bipolar Disorders of Turkey (ISBD affiliated) between 2010 and 2013. Also, I have been elected and served as member of the Board of Councillors of the International Society for Bipolar Disorder (ISBD) for two consecutive periods (2007-2011). I served as president (2014-2016) and vice-president (2011-2014) for the Psychiatric Association of Turkey (PAT). I had primary responsibility in organizing scientific meetings and congresses both internationally (e.g. International Conference on Mood Disorders / Close Encounters of Three Seas-Istanbul/2006; 5th Biennial Conference of the ISBD-Istanbul/2012) and nationally (Scientific Program Committee Chair in many National Congress of Psychiatry and other national meetings). I also shared the responsibility with EPA President Professor Danuta Wasserman as co-president of the first EPA-Council of NPAs Symposium (13-14 November 2014, Antalya) which has the title “Cultural, Educational and Economic Issues in Mental Health Care - Current challenges and future perspectives”. Currently, I am working as the director of the Affective Disorders Unit at Department of Psychiatry at Ege University. I am official representative of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey at the EPA. I was elected as the chair of the Steering Committee of the EPA-Council of the National Psychiatric Associations and also serving as Executive Committee member and Board member of the EPA.

Moderator Of 5 Sessions

Educational
Date
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
17:30 - 19:00
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Channel 1
Session Description
In 2020 the COVID19 affected most of the world and many countries had to put in place special restrictions in order to slow down the progression of the infection. The virus outbreak and the restrictions had profound effects at many level on the society. This symposium will explore several research projects started in Europe to look at the effects of the pandemia on mental health, psychological factors and coping.
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Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
11:30 - 12:00
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EPA TV
Chair(s)
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Live TV
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Tue, 13.04.2021
Session Time
11:30 - 12:00
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EPA TV
Chair(s)
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Live TV
Date
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
08:00 - 09:30
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Channel 6
Session Description
The Live Q&A of this session will take place in the Live Sessions auditorium. Please refer to the interactive programme for the exact time and channel.

Persons with severe mental disorders frequently experience discrimination and isolation due to the high levels of stigmatizing behaviours and attitudes held by the general population. Furthermore, stigma represents a significant obstacle not only for people suffering from mental disorders, but also for their relatives and their loved ones, who also experience stigma by association. Fighting stigma represents an “old unmet need” in the mental health field and several international and national organizations have promoted interventions for challenging stigma and improving mental health literacy in the general population. It has been clearly demonstrated that the specific cultural background can impact on the development of stigmatized belief, behaviours and attitudes about people with mental disorders. Therefore, in order to overcome stigma effectively it is needed a multicultural social perspective, even for adapting antistigma initiatives to the specific cultural context of each country or region. Although so many efforts have been put forward in fighting stigma and ending discrimination against disadvantaged people, stigma has not been overcome yet. There is the need to develop new effective, multimodal, integrated strategies in order to challenging effectively stigma. In this symposium, national experiences from different European countries will be discussed, with a specific focus on the future perspectives of research in the field of stigma and discrimination.

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Pre-Recorded with Live Q&A
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Tue, 13.04.2021
Session Time
08:00 - 09:30
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Channel 1
Session Description
This will be an activity of EPA Council of National Psychiatric Associations (NPAs). Speakers from four different European countries will cover four different areas to evaluate the influence and consequences of COVID-19 pandemic in different European countries: patients and mental health services; organizational issues and associations' role under extraordinary conditions; ethical issues in different aspects; and impact on research, training and other academic activities. All four speakers will use data and experiences from their countries and their Associations, and try to elaborate issues with local, European and global perspectives. This symposium will target to delineate experiences and make projections for the future about psychiatry, national institutions including National Psychiatric Associations and European Psychiatric Association.
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Presenter Of 8 Presentations

LIVE - NPA Symposium: COVID-19 Pandemic and Psychiatry in Europe: Challenges, Experiences and Future Perspectives from Different European Countries (ID 346) No Topic Needed
Monday, 12 April: Morning Interviews (ID 1181) No Topic Needed

Morning Interviews

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Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
11:30 - 12:00
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EPA TV
Lecture Time
11:30 - 12:00
Symposium: Challenging Stigma Attached to Mental Disorders in Different European Countries: Understanding and Doing Something (ID 295) No Topic Needed
Tuesday, 13 April: Morning Interviews (ID 1182) No Topic Needed

Morning Interviews

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Live TV
Date
Tue, 13.04.2021
Session Time
11:30 - 12:00
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EPA TV
Lecture Time
11:30 - 12:00
LIVE - Symposium: Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe (ID 608) No Topic Needed

Live Q&A

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Sun, 11.04.2021
Session Time
10:00 - 11:30
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Channel 1
Lecture Time
11:08 - 11:28
Tuesday, 13 April: EPA Extras (ID 1169) No Topic Needed

EPA Extras

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Tue, 13.04.2021
Session Time
15:00 - 15:30
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EPA TV
Lecture Time
15:00 - 15:30
LIVE - Symposium: Consequences of COVID-19 Outbreak on Mental Health (ID 613) No Topic Needed

Live Q&A

LIVE - Symposium: Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe (ID 608) No Topic Needed

S0018 - The EPA-Council of National Associations in Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

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Date
Sun, 11.04.2021
Session Time
10:00 - 11:30
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Channel 1
Lecture Time
10:17 - 10:34
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ABSTRACT

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Digital solutions and interventions for mental health have increasingly been taking place in many societies in the last several decades. There are significant differences among countries due to economical and organizational situations. On the other hand, despite digital gap, there is a significant increase in the use of telepsychiatry and e-mental health applications with the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the world. Experiences of this pandemic times make many opportunities and challenges more apparent in this field. Safety and security, legislation, regulations, good practice standards, evidence based data, ethics and education are several of main areas of needs.

EPA with the Council of National Psychiatric Associations (NPAs) is one of the crucial organizations in Europe which may play an important role to work on these challenges and opportunities. EPA-Council of NPAs consists of 44 associations represent psychiatrists (and other mental health workers in some) from 40 European countries. NPAs are crucial organisations in contact with local and national mental health stakeholders; competent in national, local, authentic and cultural issues and sensitivities; and could serve as crucial junctions for Europewide policies and their widespread implementations.

Some reflections on challenges and opportunities from the Council of NPAs will be presented, based on a rapid survey and personal communications with presidents and official representatives of NPAs for future perspectives.

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