The Greek Network of Caregivers EPIONI frequently conducts educational events. These sessions engage professionals to address a myriad of concerns, especially catering to caregivers looking after those with chronic ailments or disabilities.

This year, for the 4th consecutive time, EPIONI is hosting the “Caregivers and Depression” seminar. Scheduled for October 5, 2023, at 15:00, the event will be held at the Metropolitan College in Athens and will also be available for online streaming.

The “Caregivers and Depression” event boasts a line-up of distinguished speakers:

  • · Dr. Giorgos Tzeferakos from the University of Athens will delve into the pharmaceutical approaches to treating depression.
  • · Mr. Dimitrios Kontis will discuss diagnosing and treating depression specifically in caregivers.
  • · Psychiatrist Georgia Balta will touch upon how to prevent depression from recurring.
  • · Dr. Kelly Panagiotopoulou will discuss the lesser-known aspects of caregiver depression.
  • · Mr. Dimos Dimelis will explore scenarios where depression remains unresponsive to traditional treatments.
  • · And Arron Hutchinson will shed light on the correlation between ADHD and depression.

Endorsed by the Region of Attica,  the Hellenic Psychiatric Association, the Hellenic Brain Council and ENALMH this event is being realized in partnership with several mental health institutions.

Support for the event comes from corporate sponsors: VIANEX, Janssen, Pfizer, and Pharmaserve Lilly.

Promotional partners include: Psychology Now and Iatronet.

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A great Transnational Partner Meeting took place in Avezzano, Italy, hosted by the Italian partner Leonardo Progetti Socialli Onlus , with the participation of all the additional partners:Iasis Amke Athens,  Budapest Association for International Sports and Enalmh - The European Network of Active Living for Mental Health.

Partners discussed about the implementation of the Semi-Marathons that will be implemented during April 2023 for promoting Mental Health awareness through sports within the Finish Line Project (PR. N. 101050668).

EPIONI organizes for the 3rd year the event "Caregivers and Depression". The event will take place on October
7, 2022 at 15:00 at the Amarilia Hotel in Vouliagmeni and will be broadcast online. ENALMH is one of the participant organizations.

"Caregivers and Depression" will host notable speakers. Psychiatrist Mr. Dimitrios Kontis will present the topic
"Caring for caregivers with depression". Psychiatrist Mr. Dimitrios Roukas will refer to the epidemiological data of
depression in Greece. Psychiatrist Mr. Dimos Dimelis will speak about suicide in depression.
Finally, Dr Kelly Panagiotopoulou will refer to the hidden depression of the caregiver and the director of the
European federation Eurocares Mr. Stecy Yghemonos will make a presentation on the topic "European Care
Strategy and Informal Caregivers"

The conference is under the auspices of the Office of the European Parliament in Greece, the Region of Attica,
the Municipality of Vari - Voula - Vouliagmeni and the Hellenic Psychiatric Association and is held in association
with mental health organizations from Greece.

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                                                                     MENTAL WELLBEING IN SMEs

                                                                                1st Press Release

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The “Mental Wellbeing in SMEs” project responds to the specific needs of employees and managers/owners of SMEs by designing and making available tailor-made resources, tools and strategies to prevent and contrast work-related stress and negative mental health impact of working conditions. The project aims to create and develop a flexible learning offers aiming to promote positive mental health in the workplace adapted to the specific learning needs of owners and employees of SMEs. The project integrates both digital and blended-learning tools, thus supporting the strengthening / acquisition of digital skills among learners.

The expected tangible result of the project is a set of complementary resources to support SMEs owners, line managers and employees to prevent and tackle mental health issues in the workplace through information, education and implementation of practice. The project has a built-in integrated approach which is based on: protective measures, reduction of risk factors, mental health literacy (MHL).

The tools correspond to the following Project Results:

PR1 (Reduced of risk factors): a publicly available and multi-lingual data base that provides a searchable repository of practices, policies and lessons learned in relation to effective promotion of mental health in the workplace applied in the context of SMEs. Users will be able to filter by action areas, implementation activities, sectors and themes, language, and by regions and countries. The aim of this tool is to provide users (primarily: Human Resources Managers, SMEs associations, mental health practitioners, policy and decision makers) practical examples complemented with suitable tools that can be transferred in their context.

PR2 (Mental health literacy-MHL): self-directed e-learning course targeting employees and managers of SMEs and aimed to support the acquisition of skills which will improve their mental well-being in the workplace. This is an accessible tool for any interested company / employees to start a process to create a more positive and healthier environment, thus supporting an improvement in job satisfaction, retention and productivity.

PR3: This PR will be a podcast series where experts and/or SMEs owners from the different countries involved in the project will be interviewed to discuss and provide suggestions to SMEs owners about how to recognize signs of poor mental health and what they could do to respond or to prevent them.

PR4: The Result is a methodological framework on how to engage stakeholders from different levels around the issue of mental health in the workplace in SMEs involving companies, associations of SMEs, mental health and social practitioners, organizations working in the field of health and safety at work, educators, NGOs etc.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union; it has a duration of 33 months (01/01/2022 – 01/10/2024) and is implemented by the following organizations:

The organization Danish Committee for Health Education (DCHE) from Denmark (coordinator), in cooperation with:

  • K.S.D.E.O. EDRA (Greece)
  • European Health Futures Forum (Ireland)
  • Rightchallenge – Associação (Portugal)
  • Sarkana Krusta medicinas koledza (Latvia)
  • MIELI Suomen Mielenterveys ry (Finland)


The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Tomas Soucek has become patron of sport - public awareness event

One game, one soul. This is the motto of an international public awareness event, a football tournament (not only) for people with mental health problems called EASI CUP 2022, which will take place from 11 to 15 July in Pelhřimov. At the same time, a Facebook awareness campaign begins in February, which aims to reach the general public. It will inform about mental health problems, where to seek support in case of mental health problems, but also about the positive impact of exercise and sport on our mental health. One of the best Czech footballers of today, the captain of the Czech national team, the key player of West Ham United and a native of Havlíčkův Brod, Tomáš Souček, took over the patronage of this event. EASI CUP 2022 is organizing the FOKUS Vysočina, which provides comprehensive care for people with mental health problems in the Vysočina region, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. The international umbrella organizations EASI and ENALMH are also collaborating on the event.

"We are very pleased that the patronage of this important event was taken over by Tomáš Souček, an excellent footballer, person, but also a native of Vysočina. It's a great example of how professionals can support such an important sport and public awareness event. It sends a positive message to the whole community, "comments Jan Drobný, event manager and vice president of ENALMH.

Tomáš Souček adds: “I am glad that I could to become a patron of EASI CUP 2022, which is also held in the region where I grew up. I believe that such as project can help people with mental health problems to feel better in society, but they will also help dispel the myths associated with their mental health problems. Therefore, I recommend watching the EASI CUP 2022 Facebook page, where a campaign will run, in which professional athletes, mental health professionals, but also people with experience with mental health problems, who can be very inspiring in many respects for all of us, will present themselves in short videos. "

"EASI CUP is an international football tournament for players with experience with mental health problems. Thanks to football, the differences between our handicaps are erased. During the game we are all passionate about scoring, succeeding, experiencing joy together with our team. Our worries and limitations are receding into the background. Sports and exercise help maintain our mental health and well-being. And that is the main message of the whole tournament and the whole event, "says Anna Šimonová, director of FOKUS Vysočina.

“The purpose of the event is to draw attention to the topic of mental health problems, which is still taboo in our society and burdened by many misconceptions and prejudices. At the same time, more and more people in the Europe are suffering from some form of mental health problems. According to the latest statistics, one in five people has experienced it,” summarises Alexandros Oikonomou, president of ENALMH.

The football tournament takes place from 11 to 15 July 2022 at the Pelhřimov football stadium. In addition to many domestic teams, foreign footballers will also present themselves. "The first officially registered foreign teams are, teams from Germany, Holland, England, Scotland, Slovakia, Norway Italy and Spain. The Facebook campaign will start from the middle of February, "adds Jan Drobný, the event's manager.

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