The VolkswagenFoundation, one of Germany's largest private science funders, is organizing a conference on "Mental health throughout life" from April 3-5, 2013 in Hanover, Germany. It will take place at the Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover.
Mental illness exerts a heavy burden on affected individuals and societies as a whole, costing over 500 billion euros in Europe annually. Answering the challenge of finding new and better therapies, scientists from med psychiatry, neuroscience, as well as psychology and social science can build on the enormous progress achieved in understanding how the brain functions and how it develops over time.
Mechanisms of vulnerability for mental illnesses over lifetime will be the focus of our second Herrenhausen Conference. Concentrating on particularly sensitive and susceptible phases of mental development, renowned experts will share their latest findings on risk for and resilience against mental illnesses.
Building on this material, in a concluding session new approaches for improving mental health and treating mental disorders will be highlighted. What insights can be gained for prevention and social policy by taking into account the risk factors for developing mental illnesses throughout life? What are the barriers that need to be overcome in order to further expand the knowledge in the field and enlarge the spectrum of effective therapies for treating mental diseases?