EPIONI successfully organized information events (webinars) on 28 and 29 September 2020 with the support of the European Parliament office in Athens. The focus was on family caregivers of people with depression.
Both webinars were held under the auspices of the European and Hellenic Psychiatric Society and referred to the European dimension of the issue of family caregiver support and the strained conditions created by the pandemic for people living with depression and their caregivers.
The two webinars hosted important scientists such as the professor of psychiatry Mr. George Christodoulou, Dr. Dimitrios Kontis, Dr. Kalliopi Panagiotopoulou.Mr. Stecy Yghemonos, on behalf of Eurocarers, referred to Family Caregiver Day celebrated for the first time in Europe on 6.9.2020. Professor Philip Gorwood, President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), spoke on the effects of depression in the light of COVID -19. EUFAMI President Miia Mannikko emphasized that families nowadays spend even more hours caring.

The meeting was organized with the support of MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos, former MEP Nikos Chrysogelos and MP Marietta Giannakou who welcomed the event and referred to the need to implement the new directive in Greece and the need for the education of caregivers, especially those working in the Public Sector, about the rights they already have. Mr. Haris Kountouros, representing the office of
the European Parliament in Greece, said that the European Parliament recognizes the important contribution of caregivers and is pleased that the relevant meeting is supported for the 4th year.
We would like to thank the organizations Society of Social Psychiatry P. Sakellaropoulos, Child and Adolescent Center, Alzheimer Hellas, Alzheimer Chalkida, Anemos Ananeosis and the Panhellenic Federation of People with Multiple Sclerosis.
EPIONI warmly thanks the European Psychiatric Association, Eurocarers, European Brain Council and Belgian Brain Council for the constructive cooperation in the realization of the information event.
We would like to warmly thank our sponsors: Interamerican, Pfizer, Pharmaserv Lilly, Novartis, Janssen Greece and the communication sponsors: www.psychologynow.gr and https://dailypharmanews.gr/