President of the Conference Prof. Marco Sarchiapone

Dear colleagues,

the 1st International Conference “Promoting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents”, will be celebrated on January 19th-20th 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The objective of the conference is to highlight effective and evidence-based approaches to promote mental health and wellbeing among children and adolescents.

On behalf of partners, including the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), we are pleased to invite you to join us for this conference.

I very much believe that the Conference will be an excellent opportunity to bring together policy makers, education and health managers, psychiatrists and psychologists, and together with colleagues from research and science to agree on how together we can further promote mental health of children and adolescents, and support those most vulnerable and less protected.

I greatly hope that the Conference will facilitate exchange of experience between countries and regions, look at opportunities coming from latest research and practice, gain from the application of better policies with final aim to highlight and address the mental health needs of children and adolescents. To achieve this goal, the Conference will provide a platform for advocacy and discussions on the need to step-up efforts. Evidence-based approaches, best practices, research, innovation and investments on children and adolescent mental health promotion and suicide prevention will be promoted through Plenary and Parallel thematic sessions, as well as Poster presentation session.

We look forward to welcoming you in Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world!

Prof. Marco Sarchiapone, President of the Conference, Chair of Scientific Board of the Conference.