Call for Papers

* The call for abstracts for oral/symposia/workshop is now closed *

Abstracts for poster presentation still welcome until 20 May 2016

This conference is for service users and carers, medical, health and social care professionals and service providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and educationalists. This conference is also for service commissioners, academics, policy makers, and third sector organisations. All are invited to actively participate in this conference. The topic areas for submission of papers is broad: check the list (see TOPICS) and choose your favourite.

Abstracts should be submitted in English.


  • Mental health and cultural diversity
  • User and carer perspectives
  • Cultural perspectives and practice development
  • Transformational practice
  • Culturally appropriate assessments
  • Cultural appropriateness of interventions
  • Spirituality and mental health
  • Dementia and cultural perspectives
  • Service models
  • Global mental health narratives
  • Cultural and critical psychiatry
  • Culturally appropriate nursing care
  • Social works with diverse cultural communities
  • Disability and mental health
  • Volunteering and service perspectives
  • Mental health promotion
  • Cultural competency in practice
  • Education
  • Therapeutic perspectives
  • Family-centred approaches
  • Policy and service development
  • Service commissioning
  • Co-production

How to Prepare a Proposal


Regular Symposia should consist of two or three presentations (75 or 90 minutes).
Proposals should contain the title of the symposium (no more than 15 words), its rationale (no more than 150 words), and the abstracts of all the presentations.


The body of the text should comprise no more than 250 words. No figure or table can be included. The first line of the abstract should contain the title (capitalized, no more than 20 words); the second line should include the family name and the initial of the first name of each author; the third line should contain the affiliation(s) of the author(s).

The text should be divided in the following paragraphs: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and references (maximum 2).

Below the text of the abstract, please provide the following information on the presenting author: family name, first name, ordinary mail address, phone and fax number, e-mail address.

Please indicate the topic from the list (see table above) for which you propose your contribution and provide three key words to describe the content.


Workshops should consist of two or three interactive presentations followed by a free discussion. Proposals should contain the title of the workshop (no more than 15 words), its rationale (no more than 150 words), and the abstracts of all the presentations (prepared following the instructions for oral communication).

After the abstract a clear description of the interactivity method has to be provided.


For poster proposal and abstract preparation please follow the same indications given for oral communications. Posters should be at maximum 0.90m wide and 1.20m high; the title and authors should appear in bold lettering; the text and illustrations should be readable from a distance of 2 meters. For poster authors who might be interested in presenting their findings, data blitz and award sessions have been foreseen. Thus, at the end of the proposal, poster authors are requested to indicate their interest to take part in these sessions by stating “interested in data blitz” or “not interested in data blitz”.

For any specific enquiries in relation to the submission of papers please contact Professor Raghu Raghavan by email at