Keynote Speakers

Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology. Pim Cuijpers is specialised in conducting randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of common mental disorders. Much of his work is aimed at prevention of mental disorders, psychological treatments of depression and anxiety disorders, and Internet-delivered treatments. He has also published on a broad range of subjects in the field of clinical psychology, including psychoeducational treatment and early interventions, psychotic disorders, caregivers of dementia patients and bibliotherapy. Pim Cuijpers has published more than 700 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications, including almost 500 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals (more than 130 as first author). According to Thompson Reuters, he is one of the “most influential scientific minds” and was listed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in “top 1% cited scientists in the area of psychiatry and psychology” ( Title of his speech is “Preventing the onset of new cases of depressive disorders: Possibilities and challenges”.


PhD niina-junttilaNiina Junttila is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, working at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, Finland. She is the leader of the Well-being, participation and avoiding of marginalization specialization program aiming to enhance children´s and adolescents´ psychosocial well-being in Finnish school contexts and affiliated with several on-going research projects on loneliness e.g. at the Centre for Learning Research, the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland and the Universities of Helsinki, Tampere and Eastern Finland. Title of her speech is “Does it hurt to be lonely?”.






Since 2002 Andreas Heinz is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. He studied medicine, philosophy and anthropology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Freie University Berlin and at Howard University, Washington DC. He worked with Markku Linnoila and Daniel Weineberger as a special volunteer at the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, NIH. His research focuses on dopaminergic and serotonergic neurotransmission and their respective effects on reward-dependent learning, positive and negative mood states and impulsivity. A second research focus is on social exclusion stress and transcultural psychiatry. Since 2012, he has been the vice chair of an organization for Psychiatric Reform and Humanization, the Aktion für Psychisch Kranke. From 2010 to 2014, he was the president of the German Society for Biological Psychiatry (DGBP). From 2008 to 2011, he was the speaker of the Conference of University Chairs of Psychiatry in Germany. Since 2009, he has been a member of the board of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology. He is the leader of several research projects including the international research project “Mental Health and Migration”. He is a proponent of a person centered approach and open wards in psychiatry. In 2011 he was elected as a Leibnitz chair at the Leibnitz-Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, in recognition of outstanding research in Neuroscience. For fall semester 2014/2015 he was nominated as Karl-Jaspers guest professor at the University of Oldenburg. Since 2015 he is an honored member of the Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences. Title of his speech is “A new understanding of mental disorders”.



Peter Lehmann, Born in 1950 in Calw (Black Forest), Germany. Education in social pedagogy. Living as independent publisher, author and freelance activist of humanistic antipsychiatry in Berlin. In 1986, foundation of Peter Lehmann Publishing and Mail-order Bookstore. In 1987, co-founder of PSYCHEX (alliance of lawyers, doctors and survivors of psychiatry to support people who are incarcerated in psychiatric institutions in Switzerland; since then, board member. In 1989, co-founder of the Organisation for the Protection from Psychiatric Violence (running the Runaway House Berlin: house for people seeking shelter from psychiatric violence, opened in 1996). Since 1990, co-editor of the Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy. In 1991, co-founder of the European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP); from 1997 to 1999, Chair of ENUSP, board-member until 2010. From 1994 to 2000, board member of the German organisation of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (BPE). From 1997 to 2000, member of the Executive Committee of Mental Health Europe, the European section of the World Federation for Mental Health. In 2010, awarded an Honorary Doctorate in acknowledgement of “exceptional scientific and humanitarian contribution to the rights of the people with psychiatric experience” by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2011, awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in acknowledgement of service to the community by the President of Germany. Since 2013, Patron for the Berlin Organisation of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, and blogger at Mad in America. Book publications include, Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful withdrawal from neuroleptics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, Ritalin and tranquilizers (edited 2004, ebook 2013); Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry (edited 2007 together with Peter Stastny, ebook 2014). More at Title of his speech is “Combatting psychiatric patients’ catastrophic reduction in life expectancy: User-orientated approaches”.


Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive, Penumbra and President of Mental Health Europe. Nigel has worked in mental health since 1979. He is qualified as both a mental health nurse (RMN) and general nurse (RGN). After working in the National Health Service and for other NGO’s, Nigel joined Penumbra ( in 1991. In 1999 Nigel was appointed Chief Executive of Penumbra, which is one of Scotland’s most innovative mental health organisations. Throughout his career Nigel has focused on developing services that are person centred and that offer choice, dignity and respect to people who use these services. From developing one of Scotland’s first drop in/day centres to supporting the development of supported housing, peer support services and new community inclusion services as alternatives to day centres, Nigel has always sought to find ways to ensure that people’s rights are protected and that they have the possibility of a fulfilling and contributing life. Other significant achievements include working with the Romanian League for Mental Health to establish Estuar in 1993 as one of the leading NGO’s delivering community mental health services in Romania. Nigel was also one of the original creators of ‘see me’ (Scotland’s award winning anti stigma campaign ) and the Scottish Recovery Network ( ). Nigel and colleagues at Penumbra have also developed I.ROC (Individual Recovery Outcomes Counter) which is a validated measure of personal recovery. I.ROC ( is now being used by many organisations across the world and is available in three languages (English, Dutch, Spanish). It is currently in use in Netherlands, Spain, USA, Australia and UK. Translated versions are being developed in Finland, Czech Republic and China. Nigel has contributed to and been a member of many governmental working groups on mental health and wellbeing and continues as a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on mental health. Nigel is currently President of Mental Health Europe (, and has just completed his second term as a Board member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland ( Title of his speech is: “The three R’s: Rights, Recovery and Relationships”.