European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 253–257 | Cite as

ESCAP for mental health of child and adolescent refugees: facing the challenge together, reducing risk, and promoting healthy development

  • Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic
  • Henrikje Klasen
  • Dimitris AnagnostopoulosEmail author
ESCAP Communication


Open image in new windowHumanitarian emergencies such as war and armed conflict can have a direct impact on the psychosocial well-being and mental health of children and adults, along with the physical, environmental, and financial burden. Child refugees face intense psychological trauma, before, during, and after their flight, as a result of fleeing their homelands and entering into states of uncertainty, physical danger, and distress. They have experienced and witnessed violence, lost loved ones, faced deprivation, and been separated from their families. ESCAP has taken a clear position in the refugee crisis, standing up for the mental health and well-being of refugee children, adolescents, and their families. A Task Group initiated by board members within ESCAP has started to collect relevant knowledge and experience to support mental health workers involved with the care for refugee children and post on a dedicated website. The aim of the project “ESCAP for mental...



Prof. Henrikje Klasen passed away in the mid of July 2017. Henrikje was an excellent person dedicated to the promotion of the children's mental health all over the world. She served this aim by all her means with passion until the end. As her co -authors in this paper we would like to dedicate it to her memory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic
    • 1
  • Henrikje Klasen
    • 2
  • Dimitris Anagnostopoulos
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Child Psychiatry, Medical CentreLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Child Psychiatry, General Pediatric Hospital of Athens “Aghia Sophia”, Medical SchoolNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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