About the Congress



The II Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century was held on 5-7 October 2018 in Moscow. The Congress was aimed at fostering an educational environment that promotes and preserves the mental health and well-being of all peoples, through discussions about educational content and methodologies, with interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder interaction, contribution and cooperation.






The Congress was organized by the Union for Mental Health of Russia, the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, the Russian Psychological Society, the Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League and was co-sponsored by the major global professional organizations including the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP), the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP), the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), the Action for Mental Health (AMH), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the International Association of Applied Psychology, the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics - ER (Clinical Section), the Autism Europe, the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, and the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP).

Organized and supported by Russian and international professional organizations, the Congress brought together representatives of 44 countries for a total of 1,500 attendees. Attendees included leaders, specialists and representatives of organizations in diverse fields, including the healthcare system, labor protection, social protection, science and education, culture and art, physical culture and sports, economics and law, governments, non-profit organizations, enterprises, and media.

The Program was presented by over forty scientific, social & cultural events including six international conferences, the II National Awards Ceremony «Harmony» to honor the excellence of professionals in mental health, the Moscow Mental Health EXPO 2018, the IV All-Russia Festival of Rehabilitation Programs for People with Special Mental Health Needs, and the II Film Festival “Docu-MENTAL”.

The Congress resulted in development of two final documents designed for local and international use accordingly. The Draft Strategy for Mental Health in the Russian Federation for 2019- 2025 was accepted by the Russian attendees. The first hearings of the draft strategy were held on October 10, 2018, the World Mental Health Day, at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

The Congress has launched also the International Declaration “Mental Health and Education”. The declaration discusses topical issues of education in the field of mental health, scientific and practical achievements of the educational process in the system of professional training, prevention of mental disorders and promotion of mental health values, a treatment and rehabilitation process taking into account the cultural and socio-economic characteristics of countries and addressed to international and national professional communities.

An important result of the Congress was also the publication of a collection of scientific papers, which presented Russian and international experience in the field of mental health in various academic disciplines, including general medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychology, sociology, pedagogy, law, economics, sports, and arts.

The Congress was held under the patronage of the Ministries of Health, Education, Labor and Social Protection, Sport of the Russian Federation.

The Union for Mental Health of Russia greatly appreciate the overall support and assistance of the members of the Local Organizing Committee and the International Organizing Committee, the Scientific Committee, our partners and volunteers!


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