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Conference Language: The language of the conference will be English with interpretation into Slovak

Real-time captioning will be available. 

Conference Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Bratislava, 27/A Trnavská cesta 831 04 Bratislava, Slovakia

Please note that this is a preliminary conference programme and changes may still be made.


Monday 20th May, 2024

  08:00 - 09:00


  09:00 - 09:30

Welcoming Remarks

  • James Crowe, EASPD
  • Elena Kopcová, General Director at TENENET
  • Vladislav Matej, SocioForum
  • Zuzana Stavrovská, Commissioner for persons with disabilities - Slovakian Government Official
  • Marija Kishman, Special representative of WHO Slovakia
  09:30 - 11:00                           

Panel 1: The global context of mental health and psychosocial disability service provision in Europe.

  • Olga Kalina, Chair at European Network of (ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP)
  • Claudia Marinetti, Director at Mental Health Europe
  • Dikaios Sakellariou, Consultant on Disability, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • Catherine Carty, UNESCO Chair Manager at Munster Technological University (MTU)
  • Elena Kopcová, General Director at TENENET   

Moderator: Lieve Dekempeneer, ex-Director at Hubbie and EASPD Board Member 

  11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break 

  11:30 - 12:30

Panel 2: Moving mental health towards person centred, human rights, community and recovery-based services.

  • Janka Hurová, Director at Association for Mental Health INTEGRA, Board Member at SocioForum
  • Paraskevi Sidirofagi, Director and the President of the Board of Child and Adolescent's Center
  • Dr. Nayef Fadel, Psychiatrist, Insitut d’Asistència Sanitaria
  • Veerle Aendekerk, Director at Hubbie

Moderator: Rut Erdelyi, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Expert with the World Health Organization

  12:30 - 13:00

Innovation Awards Ceremony

Moderators:  Peter Saxenhofer, EASPD Treasurer & Lieve Dekempeneer, ex-Director at Hubbie and EASPD Board Member

   13:00 -14:30Lunch Break


1) Practical ways for providing support to persons with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.

Moderator: Timothy Ghilain, EASPD
Room: Waldorf

  • Chris Van Wesemael, Coordinator Knowledge & Expertise at Hubbie
  • Elisabeth Lammers, UNAPEI
  • Monika Fričová,Statutory Representative,Platform of Families of Children with Disabilities

2) Empowering early childhood: fostering the wellbeing of children and their caregivers

Moderator: Martin Mňahončák, TENENET
Room: Astoria

  • Irene Bertana, EASPD
  • Vicky Krokou, Head of European Programs Development and Management Department, Amimoni
  • Iryna Roshkovych
  • Oksana Kryvonogova, Healthy Society ECI-center

3) Innovation Awards: Practical examples of promising practices

Moderator: Kalianne Farren, EASPD
Room: Ballroom

  • Award Winners TBD

4) Intersectionality between mental health conditions, psychosocial disabilities and precarity

Moderator: Thanos Loules, IASIS
Room: Paris

  • Ilias-Michael Rafail, IASIS
  • Ferran Blanco Ros, Support Girona
  16:00      End of Day 1
  19:30Conference Dinner

Tuesday 21st May, 2024

   08:30 - 09:00                 

Coffee and Welcome 

   09:00 - 09:45                 

Panel 3, Part 1: Mental Health System Strengthening: effective approaches from outside Europe

  • Raphaële Catillon, Clinical Psychologist, Humanity and Inclusion
  • Julia Renck, MPHSS Advisor, CBM

Moderator: Timothy Ghilain, EASPD Chief of Staff

   09:45 - 11:00          

 Panel 3, Part 2: Reshaping mental health services in diverse legal frameworks

  • John Farrelly, Chief Executive at Mental Health Commission (MHC) Ireland
  • Andrej Vršanský, Chief Executive Officer at League for Mental Health Slovakia
  • Pětr Nawka, Chair of the Association for Mental Health Integra
  • Markaya Henderson, Health Policy and Project Officer at European Disability Forum
  • Melita Murko, Technical Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Moderator: Konstantina Leventi, Head of Policy at EASPD

   11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break
   11:30 - 13:00   


5) Addressing behavioural issues and aggression in inclusive education

Moderator: Rachel Vaughan, EASPD
Room: Waldorf

  • Annemie Jennes, Katholiek Onderwijs Vlanderleen
  • Shahana Knight, TPC therapy Ltd

6) Sexual and gender-based violence 

Moderator: Tiziana Fantucchio, EASPD
Room: Ballroom

  • Valentina Fiordelmondo, AIAS Bologna
  • Daiva Riliškytė, JDC Lithuania service user
  • Reda Bespalenko, JDC Lithuania social worker
  • Maria Chiara Monti, Centro Penc

7) Lessons learnt from MPHSS in Crisis Contexts: trauma, emergency and displacement

Moderator: Konstantina Leventi, EASPD
Room: Astoria

  • Mehdi Firouzi, Global MHPSS Specialist, Humanity & Inclusion
  • Murat Can Birand Apaydin, Regional MHPSS Coordinator, WHO Europe
  • Evita Agapitou, Chief Strategic Officer, IASIS Greece

8) Project Development: Fostering new research ideas on mental health and psychosocial disabilities

Moderator: Ivana Davidovska, EASPD
Room: Paris

   13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
   14:00 - 15:10

Panel 4: How to support a paradigm shift? Let's discuss!

  • James Crowe, President at EASPD 
  • Róbert Dobrovodský, Public Defender of Rights
  • Rut Erdelyi, WHO
  • Claudia Marinetti, Director at Mental Health Europe
  • Martin Mňahončák, TENENET

Moderator: Thomas Bignal, Secretery General at EASPD

   15:10 - 15:30

Concluding remarks

  • James Crowe, President at EASPD
  • Elena Kopcová, General Director at TENENET
  • Vladislav Matej, Board member of SocioForum

   15:30End of Day 2