August 2003

Newsletter –August 2003

Welcome to the second e-newsletter of INTERCAMHS. We welcome your feedback on the newsletter. Ideas should be emailed to [email protected]

The Alliance currently has over 200 members from 22 countries.


How INTERCAMHS came about

The Centre for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA) is a training, research and technical assistance center for mental health in schools in the United States (funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health and Services Administration). It holds an annual conference on Advancing School Mental Health.

In 1998, the conference began to attract people from other countries and planning began to increase international networking related to school-based mental health. At the same time, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) held a meeting in Puerto Rico also in 1998, in which school health and mental health was a major focus. Annette Johnson of the New York State Department of Health attended the IUHPE meeting and helped CSMHA staff connect with this organization. In 1999 Louise Rowling attended the CSMHA conference in Denver, Colorado, and planning for the network began to intensify. This continued at the CSMHA meeting in Atlanta in 2000.

In 2001, the emerging network presented a series of presentations on International Perspectives on School Mental Health at the IUHPE meeting in Paris. At this meeting about 30 people from around the world also met to discuss the formal development of the network. Mark Weist, CSMHA Director, with the assistance of Annette Johnson and Louise Rowling then developed a preliminary operating code for the network, which was presented at the Second World Conference for Mental Health Promotion in London in 2002. About 15 people from around the world reviewed the code and provided input. A revised code was then presented at a meeting of about 50 people at the CSMHA conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2002.

Based on this meeting, the recommendation was made to develop the name International Network for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools. Since then an international advisory board (including members from Australia, Germany, UK and Iceland) has made recommendations including streamlining the leadership structure, developing an e-newsletter, developing a web site, and changing the name to International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (INTERCAMHS).

An on-going challenge for the Alliance has been and will continue to be, the ‘language’ that it uses. It is the first purpose of INTERCAMHS to develop and adopt a common language of terms related to mental health and schools.

The First International Meeting of INTERCAMHS

As presented in the first newsletter, the First International Meeting of the Alliance is to be held on October 22nd at the Hilton Portland Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This date is fast approaching and planning continues to intensify. The international meeting is being held in conjunction with the 8th National Conference on Advancing School Mental Health sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (October 23-25, Hilton Portland Hotel). For more information on the 8th National Conference see

The Intercamhs meeting will begin with an open meeting from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to share experiences, research and opportunities for collaboration. Participants will have the opportunity to present developments and challenges within their country and receive feedback from a global perspective. An advisory board meeting will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 pm followed by an open reception (7:00-9:00 pm). We encourage you to take this time to network with others and celebrate the First International Meeting of the Alliance!

If you need to make travel and/or hotel arrangements please email your information to Sylvia Huntley at [email protected] as soon as possible.

For more information about the Intercamhs meeting contact Elizabeth Moore at [email protected]

New members at the Advisory board

Six new members have joined the advisory board since the last newsletter was realeased. We welcome:

  • Catalina Gherman (Romania)
  • Gloria Benard (Canada)
  • Leyla Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)
  • Michael Murray (UK)
  • Pauline Dickinson (New Zealand)
  • Truong Trong Hoang (Vietnam)

Today there are 16 officers from 11 different countries (4 continents) who serve on the board. Ex officio are Louise Rowling, President (Australia); Jean Pierre-Valla, Vice President (Canada), and Dora Gudrun Gudmundsdottir, Secretary (Iceland). Board members include: Catalina Gherman (Romania), Cheryl Vince Whitman (US), Chris Bale (UK), Gloria Benard (Canada), Katherine Weare (UK), Leyla Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), Mary Byrne (Ireland), Michael Murray (UK), Pamela Cantor (US), Pauline Dickinson (New Zealand), Peter Paulus (Germany), Truong Trong Hoang (Vietnam) and Mark Weist (US) who is the Board Liaison Officer.

European Project: “Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies for Coping with Anxiety, Depression and Stress related Disorders in Europe (2001-2003)”

Mental Health Europe, a European NGO based in Brussels representing associations and organisations in the field of mental health in Europe and deeply committed to the promotion of positive mental health and the prevention of mental illness, has been involved since November 2001 in a project on “Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies for Coping with Anxiety, Depression and Stress Related Disorders in Europe” financed by the European Commission.

The main aim of this project was to build a European strategy to initiate and implement actions in Member States on Mental Health Promotion and Prevention for coping with anxiety, depression and stress-related disorders. The division into three sectors (children, adolescents and young people to age 24 years in educational and other relevant settings, working adults from 25-60 years and older people from 60 years in various settings) ensured that the whole life span was covered.

Mental Health Europe was responsible for the Sector “Children, Adolescents and Young People up to 24 years in education and other relevant settings”.

National partners chosen by each sector went on a search, using their contacts to help them, and used standard questionnaire to structure the replies from project leaders. Responses varied greatly from country to country but also between sectors. Thirty-two projects were received for the sector children, adolescents and young people, sixty-five for the working adults and forty-six for the older people’s sector. The sectors, together with their experts, selected the Best Practices among them according to the key criteria that had been set at the beginning of the project, focussing especially on evidence-based and evaluated practices.

To conclude this project, the group made a series of recommendations, based partly on the knowledge and experience of those in the field, partly on evidence from the wider research literature, and partly on the experience of these projects – all the recommendations have at least one project which exemplifies them.

The conclusions resulting from this project have lead to recommendations on how to improve mental health in Europe in order to increase well-being and to reduce high costs. These recommendations will now have to be put into practice.

The project is now in its final stage and will finish at the end of August 2003.

For more information on the Children’s sector, please contact Kirsten Zenzinger at Mental Health Europe, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions relating to the “Working Adults” sector, please contact Nathalie Henke at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Germany, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions relating to the “Older People” sector, please contact Juha Lavikainen at STAKES, e-mail: [email protected]

The website:

Chris Bale, a member of the board is now preparing a short-term website for Intercamhs which will hopefully be online in the beginning of September.


August 2005 Newsletter


February 2004

Newsletter – February 2004

Welcome to the third e-newsletter of Intercamhs. We welcome your feedback on the newsletter. We welcome your feedback on the newsletter. Ideas should be emailed to [email protected]


Summary from Intercamhs’ first meeting in Portland, Oregon

Forty three delegates from around the world gathered in Portland, Oregon, in October for Intercamhs’ first international meeting. The discussions served to highlight many of the most pressing issues in child and adolescent mental health worldwide and considered how Intercamhs will tackle them.

During the day-long conference, twelve Intercamhs members gave short presentations about their work. These covered a wide range of services and programmes – from a study of over-indulged children in Canada, to a mental health promotion programme for teenagers in New Zealand; from a mental health awareness campaign in Iceland, to concern about the mental health of schoolteachers in Germany. Prof Katherine Weare from England outlined how old divisions between the mental health and education sectors are disappearing, with a growing awareness that mental health promotion is everyone’s business.

  • The need for common language and key terms in mental health
  • The need for better exchange of information and more collaboration
  • The inadequacy of mental health funding in most countries
  • A possible role for Intercamhs in advocating policy change
  • Crucially, there was agreement that Intercamhs must represent the full continuum of mental health promotion, early intervention and treatment in schools.

The first Board meeting was also held in Portland, with fourteen of the sixteen members present. Among the decisions taken:

  • The Center for School Mental Health Assistance at the University of Maryland will continue to facilitate Intercamhs and will seek funding for operational expenses.
  • Five working Groups have been established – Advisory Board/Conference Meetings; Board and General Membership; Communication; Outreach and Advocacy; and Research and Collaboration. (If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please notify Louise Rowling at: [email protected] )
  • A Steering Group has been formed and will draft Intercamhs’ Vision, Aims and Guiding Principles, for approval by the members. These are now online at:
  • The Portland conference was organized by the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA) at the University of Maryland. Funding for both the conference and the Board meeting was generously provided by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Brief summaries of the conference presentations and a history of Intercamhs’ formation are now available on our website –

The next Intercamhs conference will be in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2004, to coincide with the 3rd World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders (for details, see

The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion

“The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion” is to produce a special issue this summer, reflecting the themes of Intercamhs’ first International Meeting. Six articles will be published by Intercamhs members from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and the United States. You can read abstracts of the articles and find out how to order your own copy of the Journal by going to

Conference on Mental Health Promotion and Prevention in New Zealand

The Third World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders, From Research to Practice, will be held from September 15th – 17th, 2004 in Auckland, New Zealand. The main objective of the Conference is to build upon the work that was begun at the first two world conferences in Atlanta in 2000 and London in 2002 to develop effective practice that is based on sound research. This international working meeting is designed to advance prevention and promotion through collaborative relationships and the support for mental health across countries and disciplines. The five major themes of the 2004 Conference are: research; evidence-based programs and policies; international exchange and cultural variation; advocacy, policy-making and organization; and training and expertise development. Intercamhs has assisted in the development of the meeting and in organizing a track of presentations focusing on school-aged children and adolescents in the five theme areas.

The Conference is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health, the Clifford Beers Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand in collaboration with the Carter Center. For more information regarding the Conference please visit To submit to be a presenter you will need to prepare a 400 word abstract reflecting one of the above themes for school-aged children and adolescents to arrive no later than March 31, 2004 at [email protected]

Intercamhs 2nd Annual Meeting

Intercamhs will be holding its annual meeting in advance of the 3rd World Conference, on September 14th. In addition, a symposium will be organized during the conference to reflect upon the annual meeting and address future directions for the Alliance. A reception is also in the works to allow for networking and socializing among Alliance members. Numerous pre-conference workshops and sessions will be taking place in Auckland, allowing Intercamhs participants to network with other professionals, inform others of Intercamhs presence at the 3rd World Conference, and promote the vision of the Alliance. This presents a unique opportunity for Intercamhs to attract new membership and publicize the Alliance.

If you are interested in attending the Intercamhs 2nd Annual Meeting, please email to [email protected]. If you would like to submit a presentation, include your background information and the title, abstract, and co-author names. More information regarding the meeting will soon appear on

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland!

Intercamhs’ workshop at the IUHPE conference in Melbourne, April 2004

Intercamhs is going to host a workshop at the 18th World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education held in Melbourne, Australia, 26. – 30. April 2004. You can find more about the conference on:

Workshop title: Exploring quality practice in the international exchange and adaptation of school based mental health programs

This workshop hosted by Intercamhs, will explore issues that need to be considered to promote the international growth and sustainability of school based mental health programs. Four speakers will give brief presentations to stimulate discussion which aims to cover questions such as: How do we bridge the cultural divide between countries and within countries? What are examples of successful practice and what can we learn from these? What role does the language of mental health play in creating blocks to collaboration and in providing a key to multidisciplinary partnerships? Are there some generic principles and processes that can be identified to guide international exchange of programs and information? In relation to research, does adoption guarantee replication of effect or is re-invention required? Is school based mental health research design and implementation culturally bound and therefore not amenable to global exchange? Does the concept of a ‘model program’ provide direction for action?

Louise Rowling (Facilitator)

Michael Murray

The value of model programmes in school based mental health.


Mental health promotion in schools has been under funded for many years and there has been a long-standing underestimation of the degree and prevalence of mental health problems among children and adolescents. The burden created by the incidence of poor mental health is not just financial but in total arises from a range of individual suffering and emotional consequences for children. Recent years have witnessed a series of initiatives to promote collaboration and co-operation between organizations and individuals working in the field of child and adolescent mental health promotion. The presentation will make a plea for the further development, evaluation and dissemination of models of best practice/model programmes (and the related concepts such as evidence-based prevention and demonstration projects) as an important instrument for improving the quality, social impact and cost effectiveness of mental health promotion in schools.

Annette Johnson

Bridging the cultural divide’ – the role of culture in addressing mental health needs


The field of mental health has become acutely aware of the need to factor cultural perceptions and context into the development of programs, group and family interventions and, where indicated, treatment plans. This is particularly important in school-based mental health because of the cross section of socio-economic, ethnic, racial and environmental characteristics that have an impact on the outlook of students, families, education and services staff that converge in this setting. The discussion will focus on the basic principles of what has been called “cultural competence”, acknowledgment of diversity or cultural sensitivity. The presentation will look at how to move beyond recognition of differences to the development of tools to enable the services provider to approach working with students, their families and education staff, in a manner that respects the differences and factors them into plans, for addressing mental health needs is an objective manner.

Jo Mason

Going International


The process of adapting the Australian MindMatters materials for other cultures has highlighted the important role of the principles contained in the Community Matters resource. Using these principles enables adaptations that maintain the original concept of the MindMatters materials as well as acknowledge new contexts for those materials. Included in the presentation will be the discussion of importance of developing a real partnership that can genuinely expand the concept of health promotion for both partners and how this can be managed through the interesting waters of intellectual property, translation and adaptation. Samples of the training provided by Mindmatters to the trainers from Germany that it is beyond just gaining kudos and having good times, will be used to promote discussion.

Peter Paulus (presenter), Marco Franze, Katrin Schwertner

An adaption of an Australian program for mental health promotion in secondary schools for German Speaking countries. A report on the first results of a pilot study


A German adaptation of the Australian MindMatters program will be tested in an 18 month pilot in 29 secondary schools in Germany and Switzerland in 2004-2006. Results of an initial testing in schools with pupils as well as teachers will be presented. The discussion will focus on (a) problems of adopting a program from a different socio-cultural and language background and (b) the prospect of developing a European version of MindMatters (“MindMattersEurope”) for the countries which are members of the “European Network of Health Promoting Schools”.


Member Database

Member Database

Welcome to the Intercamhs member database! The instructions below provide basic information on using the membership database. As an authorized Intercamhs member you have access to information on every member who has agreed to be included in this password protected database.

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Accessing the Database

The membership database can be accessed by the link above. A new browser window will open and you will then be prompted for your UserID and Password.

Click Here to Access the Database

Obtaining User ID and Password

To obtain your username and password, e-mail[email protected]or call +1-617-969-7100 Ext 2845. Your username and password will be e-mailed back to you.

Viewing & Searching the database

Complete Database Browsing

When you first enter the database it will show you the full list of members. You can scroll through the entire database by clicking on arrows in the “open book” icon on the left panel as shown below:


Specific Searches

The database is set up so you can search any of the given fields. To begin a search click on the “Magnify Glass” icon (Find button) on the top right corner, as shown below:


Type in the text by which you would like to search. You can check off any of the fields you would like to include in your search. All searches default to using the “and” command. For example, if you type in “Jane” for first name and “Australia” as country the search will be “Jane and Australia.”

Performing an “Or” Search
If you would like to include only an “or” search you can click on “New Request” button after entering your first search string (see below):


For example, you can type in “Jane” for first name and then click the “New Request” button and then type in “Australia” in the country field. The search will now be for “Jane or Australia.”

For the more qualitative fields, you can type in generic words such as “funding” or “resources” the search will scan the database and pull up the specific key words.

To return to viewing all the records click on the “pencil” icon which is the browse command, on the top left corner, as seen below:


Sorting data You can sort the data by various fields. To begin a sort click on the AtoZ icon:


When you click on this icon it will allow you to sort by any of the fields in the “Choose Fields” table. In the example, shown below we have begun a sort by “organization” and clicked on ascending order. You can sort by multiple fields, by clicking on the field you would like to include, next clicking on “>move>” and the field will appear in the “Sort Order” box. You can then choose to have the information appear in ascending or descending order.


Viewing the database You can view the database in three modes:

  • Form: this view will allow you to view each entry independently, to move between each entry you will need to use the “open book” icon on the left of the screen.
  • List: this view will list all information on the members in your search as a list of twenty-five that you can scroll through.
  • Table: we have selected basic contact information to be included in this view, to make it easier to view and print out. For more detailed information on each of the members please use the Form or List view.
  • For some of the fields you might be required to scroll through to read the entire entry.
Printing from the database At any time while using the database, you can print what you see on your screen by selecting “Print” from the File menu of your Internet browser software.
Updating your profile

For security reasons, individuals will not be able to update their data online, however, we would like to keep information in the database as current as possible! If you have any updates to send, please send the new information to[email protected]and we will make the changes for you.

Questions & Suggestions

If you have any questions or suggestions about the database please send a note to[email protected]

News & Events

News & Events

News & Events

Current News

December, 2005 – Montego Bay, Jamaica – On December 6-8, 2005 over 100 participants gathered at Montego Bay, Jamaica for the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counselors in Education (JAGCE) Annual General Conference. The theme of conference was “Professional Counsellor: Agent of Change” with the key note address by Mr. Patrick Smith, Senior Secretary for Member Services, Jamaica Teacher’s Association. The honoree was Dr. Deloris Brissett, Ministry of Education for Jamaica. Intercamhs board member, Dr. Dennis Edwards was part of the organizing committee and Intercamhs members Dr. Paul Giguere, Senior Scientist, Education Development Center, USA and Dr. Michael Linsdey, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, led discussions on approaches to school-based mental health. A number of practitioners expressed interest in and signed up to be members of Intercamhs.

International Meetings

April, 2005 – Dublin, Ireland

The third Intercamhs’ meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland in April 2005 to coincide with the Global Conference for Mental Health Promotion: Going from Strength to Strength. Summaries of the presentations will be available soon.

September, 2004 – Auckland, New Zealand

The second Intercamhs’ meeting was held in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2004, to coincide with the Third World Conference on Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Mental Health and Behavioural Disorders.

  • Read summaries of the presentations at the meeting

October, 2003 – Portland, Oregon

The first Intercamhs’ meeting was held in Portland, Oregon, USA, on October 22 2003, and attracted 43 delegates from 11 countries.

  • Read a report of the meeting


A special issue of the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion was published in summer 2004, with all articles contributed by Intercamhs members.


August 2005

International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools
Newsletter – August 2005

Welcome to the fourth e-newsletter of Intercamhs. The newsletter is now available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click the link below are read or download the newsletter:

INTERCAMHS – August 2005 Newsletter




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General Information

Research and Data

Planning Tools

General Information

Mental Health: Strengthening Mental Health Promotion

(WHO, 2001) The World Health Organization offers definitions of “mental health”, elements of strong mental health promotion policies and programs, and related WHO initiatives.

Research and Data

WHO Mental Health Atlas

(WHO, 2005) “To mark World Mental Health Day, 10 October, the World Health Organization publishes the newly updated World Health Organization Mental Health Atlas 2005. It shows that global resources for people suffering from mental and neurological disorders are grossly insufficient to address the growing burden of mental health needs, and are unequally distributed around the world.”

Mental Health: Strengthening Mental Health Promotion

(WFMH, 2004) Results of survey done on families of children with ADHD across Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, UK and USA. Data shows high level of parent concern about impact of ADHD on child’s social and academic development. Also indicates average time to acquire diagnosis was 2 years. Summary of key findings available for each country; Report and PPT available in English, Spanish, German Russian.

Without Boundaries

(WFMH, 2004) This article appears as the first chapter in the book “Building academic success on social and emotional learning”. Authors discuss the various domains which define SEL (social and emotional learning), including: self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management and relationship management. Zins et al offer key recommendations for addressing SEL in a school setting through: SEL-targeted curricula, integrating SEL skill building in school, promoting a supportive environment, altering the instructional approach to integrate SEL, creating partnerships between parents, teachers and students, and involving students experientially in the learning process.

The Scientific Base Linking Social and Emotional Learning to Academic Success

(CASEL, 2004) This article appears as the first chapter in the book “Building academic success on social and emotional learning”. Authors discuss the various domains which define SEL (social and emotional learning), including: self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management and relationship management. Zins et al offer key recommendations for addressing SEL in a school setting through: SEL-targeted curricula, integrating SEL skill building in school, promoting a supportive environment, altering the instructional approach to integrate SEL, creating partnerships between parents, teachers and students, and involving students experientially in the learning process.

Planning Tools

Creating an Environment for Social and Emotional Wellbeing

(EDC, 2003) A Psychosocial Environment assessment tool for schools to determine how supportive schools are to girls and boys. Tool can be used by teachers, administrators or other staff to assess 7 “quality areas”:

  • Providing a friendly, rewarding and supportive atmosphere;
  • Supporting cooperation and active learning;
  • Forbidding physical punishment and violence;
  • Not tolerating bullying, harassment and discrimination;
  • Valuing the development of creative activities;
  • Connecting school and homelife through involving parents;
  • Promoting equal opportunities and participation in decision-making.

Includes tools for discussion of results with parents and other community members.

Council for Global Education Website

This site describes a model which can be useful to frame efforts to prevent violence in a school or community. Building on principles of character education, this model goes further to suggest that educatio should also encompass “universal values, global understanding, excellence in all things, and service to humanity.”. Maintains a list of organizations that promote peace in many countries around the world.

Health Schools website/ Siteweb Ecoles Saines and

This site describes comprehensive school health (CSH) — also called “health promoting schools” and “coordinated school health” in other parts of the world. Offers a library of information on the elements of a CSH program, guidelines to develop school policies, and tools to assess progress. Practitioners will find practical guides, lesson plans and webquests for use with youth. This site offers a subscription to an online newsletter summarizing key information and trends. Available in both French and English.

European Network of Health Promoting Schools

Supported by WHO Europe, Council of Europe and the European Commission, this organization publishes on issues related to a “health promoting school”– implementing practices to achieve a health promoting school; “Alcohol use among young Europeans”; manuals on healthy eating; guides for evaluation.



Directory of Members

Members from all over the globe have completed the Intercamhs member survey. Close to 60% of survey respondents’ work in schools. Other settings where members work include NGO’s, colleges and universities, government agencies, and health centers and hospitals.

According to respondents, the major problem that members face in their daily work is lack of funding. Other issues identified include: lack of understanding of the link between mental health and academic outcomes; and fragmentation of services.

Members come from several countries including Australia, England, Iceland, Jamaica, U.S., and Japan. [See more preliminary survey results

If you have not yet completed the survey, please do! We need to hear about your ideas and interests. [Take the survey

Here is a directory of Intercamhs’ members, sorted alphabetically by countries of residence and then by last name.The directory is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click the link below to access the directory:

INTERCAMHS Directory of Members



International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools

If you would like to contact Intercamhs, you can do so by email or post.

By email [email protected]
By post Intercamhs
Education Development Center, Inc.
Health and Human Development Programs
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02458-1060

EDC, Secretariat for Intercamhs, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to applying research and development strategies to health, education, and social justice issues. For more information about EDC, visit

To learn more about EDC’s health programs, visit