Welcome to the Congress
II Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century carries on the traditions of the I Congress held in October 2016 in Moscow. It has become a global interdisciplinary and intersectoral platform for discussing regional strategies in mental health care.
Traditionally, the II Congress is held at the initiative of the Russian non-governmental organizations which unite psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists, educators, economists, lawyers, workers of art and sports with the support from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation.
The II Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century has the great honor to be co-sponsored by the major global professional organizations, including the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP), the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP), the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AMH), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the International Association “Autism Europe”, the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG-Europe Clinical Section), and the other ones.
May I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the heads of these organizations as well as to the members of the International and Russian Organizing Committees and to the Scientific Committee. They have designed a program which includes over 40 academic and cultural events and allows us to hold an in-depth discussion of the key topic of the II Congress - “Mental Health and Education”.
The II Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI century will bring together leading international experts from over 50 countries representing different fields of science and spheres of life. This allows us to hope for the possibility of creating a global platform for exchanging international experiences and best practices on improving the education in mental health as well as building up a professional network and different forms of cooperation with NGOs and business communities.
I am pleased to note that the Congress is traditionally held on the eve of the World Mental Health Day, when the entire world is discussing the issues related to improving mental health and care practices. I hope that our work will contribute to fostering a positive educational environment and, therefore, promote mental health care and well-being.
Dear colleagues, may I wish you every success in your work!
I trust that you will find the Congress stimulating and rewarding, yet despite the busy schedule, you will spare some time to enjoy the beauty of Moscow in the fall!
First Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation
Dr. Oleg P. Chestnov
Assistant Director–General on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization
Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association (2014-2020), President Elect of the World Association of Social Psychiatry
Mr. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky
The Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA)
Vitaliy V. Rubtsov
Rector of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE), President of the Federation of Russian Educational Psychologists, Ph.D. in Psychology
Zurab I. Kekelidze
Director General of the V. Serbsky Federal Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, anesthesiologist, psychologist, Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Honored Doctor
Dr. Bonnie Kirsh
Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto)
Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Clinical Psychologist, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College, United Nations Representative of the World Council of Psychologists (WCP), author and journalist
Nikita S. Mikhalkov
President of the Russian Cultural Fund, Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, People's Artist of RSFSR, Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts
Russian rapper, composer, TV and radio presenter, actor, scriptwriter, film director and producer
Dr. Gordana Milavic
MD., F.R.C.Psych., Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Co-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section of the WPA
Natalia V. Parshikova
State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Education, Professor
Alexey S. Akindinov
Regional General Manager of AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow & AZIMUT Hotel Tulskaya Moscow
Vladimir D. Mendelevich
Director of Institute for Research of Problems of Mental Health, WHO-expert, MD, Professor
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaebel
President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), M.D., Professor of Psychiatry
Nikolay G. Neznanov
President of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, Director St.Petersburg V.M. Bekhterev Psychoneurological Research Institute, President World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP), MD, Professor
Dr. Mohammad Khodayarifard., Ph. D.
Vice-president of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education, The University of Tehran
Dr. Edward Chan
President of the Asian Federation of Psychotherapy (AFP), President of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP)
Darlyne G. Nemeth
Co-Secretary General of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Member of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives, Ph.D., M.P., M.P.A.P.
President of Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy – ABRAP, President of Latin-American Federation of Psychotherapy - FLAPSI
Prof. Dr. Ganesh Shankar
President of the World Council for psychotherapy (Asian Chapter), Founder President of the Asian Federation for Psychotherapy (AFP), Hon. Gen. Secretary of Yoga&Psychotherapy Association of India, Ph.D , D.Litt. (Yoga Psychotherapy)
Prof. Alfred Pritz
President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, General secretary of the European Association for Psychotherapy, Ph.D in Psychopathology and Pedagogics, Rector of the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna
Professor psychoanalyst, Rector of the Sigmund Freud University Paris, Executive member of the World Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy, Vice President of European Confederation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Yuri P. Zinchenko
President of the Russian Psychological Society, Dean of the Department of Psychology at Moscow State University, Psy.D., Professor
Viktor V. Makarov
President of the Russian professional psychotherapeutic league of Russia, Vice-President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, MD, Professor