Best Practices
– Better Life

EAMHID 2023 | 14th European Congress of
Mental Health in Intellectual Disability

Helsinki, Finland | 21 – 23 September 2023

Register now!

Photo: Johannes Romppanen & Risto Musta

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!

The congress is organized in hybrid format! All the keynote speeches and part of the workshops/symposia are streamed.

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

Apply for scholarship now – the deadline is 30th of June!

There is a possibility to apply scholarship congress fee allowance. Eligible to apply are students, people whose main residence is in a low-income country and people with disabilities.

The deadline for submitting applications for the scholarships has been prolongued until the 30th of June.

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 FAIDD Specialised Services for Disabled of Varha, 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.

The congress is organized in hybrid format! All the keynote speeches and part of the workshops/symposia are streamed. We warmly welcome you to the 2023 Helsinki congress – also online!

Congress President of EAMHID
Head for Specialised Services for Disabled, Social Services and Services for Disabled, South-Western wellbeing services county

Alexander Stubb
Image: Jussi Ratilainen

Happiness is not and end state

Happiness is not an end state, it is a journey.
Giving rather than taking will make that journey happier

Former Prime Minister, Member of Parliament and Member of European Parliament
Patronage of the congress

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
Patronage of the congress

Get to know to the programme!

Portrait of Nick Bouras.

Nick Bouras

“Promoting with equality, dignity and respect dissent mental health for people with intellectual disabilities”

Keynote: Reflections challenges and perspectives of mental health for people with intellectual disabilities

Portrait of Jannelien Wieland.

Jannelien Wieland

“I stand up for excellent mental health care for people with intellectual disabilities

Keynote: Suicidal behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities

Portrait of Steven Degrieck.

Steven Degrieck

Whatever diagnostic label a person has, it is also just someone trying to be happy

Keynote: The role of our internal senses in sensing, understanding and regulating our stress

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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