EAMHID congresses are multidisciplinary and have been organised every two years since 1995 in various European countries with the aim of providing an opportunity for clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to learn about new and emerging developments in mental health issues.

Since the Lisbon congress (2013), a close collaboration has been established with the European NGO ARFIE (Association for Research and Training on Integration in Europe), contact has been established with service providers in the disability field who bring evidence based practices from frontline staff. Better links were also established with francophone countries.

Twelve congresses have been organised since the creation of EAMHID and each occasion focused on various contemporary and innovative topics such as social justice and fundamental rights (Zagreb, 2007), the relationship between mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities (Lisbon, 2013), approaches in the neurodevelopmental perspective (Florence, 2015) and the co-productive approach (Barcelona 2019).


2019 Barcelona

Working together: The mental wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities and their
families in their communities, May 23-25th

2017 Luxembourg

Better Mental Health for People with Intellectual Disability, September 21-23rd

2015 Florence

Integrating Different Approaches in Neurodevelopmental Perspective, September 9-11th

2013 Lisbon

New horizons for Mental Health in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), September 12-14th

2011 Manchester

Joint Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability & IASSID Challenging Behaviour 1 Mental Health SIRG, September1- 3rd

2009 Amsterdam

Promoting Mental Health for People with Intellectual Disability, September 3-5th

2007 Zagreb

Mental Health: A Human Right for People with Intellectual Disability, October 11-13th

2005 Barcelona

Towards the Integrative Approach in Research and Treatment, October 6-8th

2003 Rome

Mental Health and Mental Retardation: A Lifespan Multidisciplinary Approach, September 17-20th

2001 Berlin

Mental Health in Mental Retardation. Theory and Practice, September 27-29th

1999 London

Mental Health in Mental Retardation: Services, Training and Research for People with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, September 8-10th

1995 Amsterdam

First Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Mental Retardation (MH-MR), September 13-15th