The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) was launched in early 2021 as a five-year program to help enhance mental health care capacity for children and adolescents and strengthen infrastructure for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of mental health struggles faced by children and youth in Greece. The initiative is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Health Initiative, implemented in collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Health.
“Mental health services should not be a luxury or a privilege reserved for only a few, but a given for anyone who needs them, starting in childhood.” - Andreas Dracopoulos, SNF Co-President
With exclusive support from SNF, design and implementation of the CAMHI is unfolding on the basis of a collaborative model involving a diverse team from the U.S.-based Child Mind Institute and a network of Greek professionals specializing in child mental health and psychosocial care. The model is intended to allow for cocreation and cross-pollination between local and international expertise, with a view to building ground-up resources in ways that can reinforce the critical work done by providers across the country.