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The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative
Πρωτοβουλία για την Ψυχική Υγεία Παιδιών και Εφήβων

Empowering children, adolescents and families in Greece with the mental health resources they need to thrive.

Improving Young People’s Access to Mental Health Services in Greece

Children and adolescents in Greece, like their peers around the world, face a troubling lack of access to mental health care. The Child Mental Health Initiative seeks to address this by combining local and international expertise to empower frontline professionals and enhance care.

About the Project

Our mission is to enhance child and adolescent mental health care capacity and help to strengthen the infrastructure for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of mental health struggles faced by children and adolescents across Greece.

Focus

Focus on Children and Adolescents

The majority of all mental health and learning challenges arise during childhood but are too often overlooked and left untreated But with help and timely treatment children can thrive.

Promote

Promote Equity in Care

We believe every child deserves access to quality care. And we’re taking action. By making all our resources, trainings, and tools available at no cost to anyone, anywhere.

Integrate

Integrate Greek and International Expertise

We are leveraging state of the art scientific and clinical research, conducted in Greece and around the world, to build the most effective resources and treatments for all children and adolescents.

Our Aims

Child Mental Health Network

Establish a country-wide Child Mental Health Network

Child

Awareness

Raise awareness about mental health

Awareness

Access

Increase access to evidence-based mental health resources

Access

Capacity

Enhance capacity for delivering science-supported mental health care

Capacity

Technological Resources

Develop technological resources to deliver tools and care digitally

Technological

Our Approach

We aspire to provide families important mental health support and offer free, evidence-based trainings to help facilitate science-based care throughout Greece.

To achieve this, the Initiative has five mutually reinforcing components:

Where CAMH Serves

Advisory Boards

Scientific Advisory Board

A Scientific Advisory board, which includes Greek and international experts in the implementation of evidence-based interventions around the world, the epidemiology of child and adolescent mental health, and child psychiatry and youth engagement, as well as members of civil society, will oversee and advise the scientific direction of the Initiative.

Youth Advisory Board

A Youth Advisory Board will provide children and adolescents with safe, structured, and innovative platforms for their voices to be heard and incorporated in all aspects of the Initiative. The Youth Advisory Board is being coordinated by Mr. George Moschos, consultant, educator, and former Deputy Ombudsman for Children's Rights in Greece.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Network

The Network on Child and Adolescent Mental Health constitutes an integral component of the CAMHI and is a central vehicle for its implementation. The Network will comprise local Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) hubs in Alexandroupoli, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Athens, and Crete, to ensure that the program best addresses the diverse and context-specific needs faced across the country – including remote and underserved settings.

About the Health Initiative

The SNF Health Initiative is a multifaceted and ambitious set of projects developed and implemented through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). In collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Health, the initiative aims to strengthen public health in Greece, empower medical staff, and enhance both access to health services and the quality of care.

Launched in 2018, the Health Initiative comprises a series of infrastructure projects, equipment procurement, educational programs, and efforts to enhance mental health care provision for children and young people.

The Health Initiative is a testament to the SNF’s mission and long-standing commitment to Greece, and its support of projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

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About Us

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive.

About

Other Partnerships

We partner with a wide range of organizations and corporations that share our interest in improving the health and well-being of our children. Collaboration allows us to reach families across a diverse range of communities.

Other

Care at the Child Mind Institute

Our clinicians provide gold-standard, evidence-based treatment to thousands of kids annually through our clinical centers and in-school programs.

Care

Family Resource Center

More information to help you support children who are struggling with mental health, behavior or learning challenges.

Family