On 24 September 2021, EPIONI successfully organized a workshop focusing on family caregivers. The event was held under the auspices of the Municipality of Vari – Voula – Vouliagmeni, the Hellenic Psychiatric Society and was supported by the Office of the European Parliament in Greece. Representatives of institutions from Greece and abroad participated. Indicatively, representatives from Belgium, Serbia, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey participated.

The event was supported by Obrela, the Headquarters, the 4th Psychiatric Admissions Department of the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica, the Hellenic Centre for Mental Health and Research, ENALMH, The Panhellenic Federation of People with Multiple Sclerosis (POMSKP), the association “The Heart of the Child”, the Hellenic Society for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders of Chalkida, the Society of Social Psychiatry P. Sakellaropoulos and the Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Department of Public and Community Health of the University of West Attica.

The workshop – webinar was held at the Amarilia Hotel in Vouliagmeni and hosted Mr. Stecy Yghemonos, Director of the Eurocarers Federation, who spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on caregivers on a pan-European level, Dr. Kelly Panagiotopoulou who spoke about the prevention of caregiver depression. Mr. Dimitrios Nikolsky referred to the institution as the personal assistant representing the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Ms. Noor Seghers from KU Leuven University reported on good practices of support for carers in Belgium. Finally, Mr. Christos Prapas, Lecturer in Applications from the University of West Attica referred to the importance of caregiver support as a public and community health issue.

The workshop was organized with the support of the Member of the European Parliament Mr. Stelios Kympouropoulos, the State MP Ms. Marietta Giannakou, and the Mayor of Vari Voula Vouliagmeni, Mr. Gregory Konstantellou, who in their interventions mentioned the need for additional support for informal carers.

The sponsors of the workshop were Pfizer, Janssen Greece, and Pharmaserv – Lilly.

Communication sponsors were www.psychologynow.gr, and www.iatronet.gr