14th European Congress of
Mental Health in Intellectual Disability

Best Practices – Better Life

Helsinki, Finland | 21 – 23 September 2023

Photo: Jussi Hellsten

Welcome to Helsinki!

We are pleased to invite you to the 14th EAMHID Congress in Helsinki, Finland. The congress will be organized by KTO and FAIDD, both organisations working for better life for the persons with learning difficulties. Our congress’ theme is “Best Practices – Better Life”, and as before the congress will provide numerous possibilities both scientists, practitioners, and persons with disabilities with their families to encounter and discuss. Our purpose is to introduce new scientific findings and evidence-based methods but also best practices in multiprofessional context to improve mental health and life of these vulnerable group.

We warmly welcome you to the 2023 Helsinki congress!

Congress President of EAMHID, Director of Development and Expert Services at the KTO, Support and Expert Center for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Paimio, Finland

Photo: Johannes Romppanen & Risto Musta

Register now!

The EAMHID congresses provide a platform for academics, health professionals and policymakers to exchange knowledge and experience in order to improve mental health care and support for people with an intellectual disability throughout Europe.

Better life stems from best practices. Let us learn together about new and emerging developments in mental health issues!

Note! An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

Non-discrimination ombudsman of Finland.

Equality Needs Quality Research

The rights of persons with disabilities have advanced globally in the last two decades. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a holistic convention, which underscores equality and the participatory rights of every person with disability in all areas of life, including persons with an intellectual disability. Mental health is a significant resource for each and everyone of us, and it is supported by experiences of participation and belonging. Equality entails that through science and research, our knowledge base in improved concerning all persons’, including minorities’, issues and solutions related to health and wellbeing. The EAMHID Conference forms an important continuum concerning the research on the mental health of persons with intellectual disability, and it is an honour to host this conference in Finland this year. Warmest welcome!

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman of Finland

Get to know to the programme!

Portrait of Elina Kontu.

Elina Kontu

A double empathy problem arises when there is a failure in the experience of empathy. It happens if the premise is that one interacts with challenges and the other has skills. A compassion bridge can be constructed using the relation of communications.”

Keynote: The Relation of Communication as Window to Autism (ASD)

Rinat Feniger-Schaal

“Along the life span non-verbal communication continues to be a central way for people to communicate in any interpersonal context. Furthermore, the limitation in verbal communication, may call for special attention to the non-verbal communication.”

Pre-Congress Course: Using the mirror game to look at body movement, attachment, and non-verbal communication among persons with intellectual disability

Photo: Johannes Romppanen & Risto Musta

Submit your abstract and participate to the Poster Award!

EAMHID 2023 welcomes submissions from research and practice related to intellectual disability and mental health, both from academic researchers, the professional community and participatory projects from people with intellectual disabilities either alone or co-produced. Deadline for abstact submissions is 17th March of 2023.

The best three posters will be awarded with a free EAMHID membership for three years and will get the opportunity to present their findings at the conference!

Logo of EAMHID.
Logo of the Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  (Kehitysvammaliitto).


EAMHID is the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability. Its purpose is to facilitate international cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of mental health in people with an intellectual disability.

The association will keep you updated about congresses, enable clinicians and researchers in the field to exchange experiences and support collaborations on an international level in research and practice. There is reduced congress fee for EAMHID members.

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