Legal Form of A.P.H.C.A.
The Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents (A.P.H.C.A.) is one of the first agencies
to become active in Greece in the promotion of psychiatric reform and the development of the community care model for
the mental health of children and adolescents.|
|The A.P.H.C.A. is a scientific, non-profit association founded in 1991 by virtue of decision 387/91 of the Athens First
Instance Court, and is defined according to its aims as a Non-Governmental - Voluntary Organization.|
|Scientific Director and founding member of A.P.H.C.A. is John Tsiantis, MD, DPM, FRC Psych, Professor of Child Psychiatry,
Previously Director of the Child Psychiatry Department of the Athens University Medical School at the "Aghia Sophia"
Children's Hospital, President of European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Section of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
President of the Hellenic Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Aims of A.P.H.C.A.
The main operational aims of A.P.H.C.A. are:
- Promotion of prevention through the development of community mental health education activities and other
- Up-to-date provision of care through the organization and operation of modern services (diagnosis, treatment
and psychosocial rehabilitation) in the community.
- Promotion of awareness raising and training of health and mental health professionals through the implementation
of specially designed educational programmes.
- Development of research at national and international levels.
- Creation of a mental health network through collaboration with national and international organizations, educational
institutions, research centres and scientific groups.
- Keeping the general public, the relevant agencies and specialists informed about current developments in the field
of child and adolescent mental health through the design and production of leaflets, magazines, books, films, etc.
- Development and activation of the concept of voluntary service.
- Upholding the individual and social rights of people with mental health problems and their families, and the
promotion of their active involvement in issues that concern them.
A.P.H.C.A. is nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA)