Message from the President

Message from the President of JSAP

JSAP: Japanese Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
President of JSAP: Kiyoshi Ogura MD,

Since we have accepted to host the ISAPP regional meeting in Osaka in 2018, our staffs have been working for it so that it would be of worth while endeavor to promote the working aims of the ISAPP which has been struggling for the past 30 years or so. We are happy being part of it.

Japan, particularly the Osaka area is well-known as its commercial activities in various fields other than our professional fields. You may enjoy sightseeing in the vicinity also. So we extend our heartful welcome.

Message from the President of ISAPP

ISAPP: International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology
President of ISAPP Lois T. Flaherty, MD USA

According to the World Health Organization, neuropsychiatric disorders now account for the majority of the global burden of disability (GBD) among youth aged 14 to 25. Although mortality rates have decreased in every age group, they have decreased less among adolescents than in older or younger groups. Drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, motor vehicle accidents, and problems related to teen pregnancy are not only significant causes of death around the world, but have long-lasting effects on health.

Most adolescents who need mental health services do not get them. The problem is especially acute in the developing world. It is clear the challenges of limitations placed on treatment of adolescents, scarcity of resources, and problems of access to care are truly global.

ISAPP is a non-profit organization made up of mental health professionals - psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers – dedicated to improving adolescents’ well-being throughout the world. ISAPP was established in 1984 as an international professional society to fill a void in the mental health arena. It is the only multi-disciplinary international organisation devoted solely to the mental health needs of adolescents. The principle aim of the organization is to provide a forum for intellectual exchange among professionals concerned with adolescent psychology and psychiatry. ISAPP schedules national and international meetings in various parts of the world and a major international congress every four years. Prior congresses have taken place in Paris, Geneva, Chicago, Athens, Aix-en-Provence Rome, Montreal, Berlin, Ankara, and New York.

Like these meetings, the upcoming meeting of the Japanese Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and ISAPP promises to be an outstanding meeting and will bring together adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals from around the world. I look forward to greeting distinguished colleagues from Japan and elsewhere in Osaka in 2018.