Asia - Pacific International Conference on Adolescent Mental Health

Theme: Thriving minds: Fostering adolescent wellbeing
28th & 29th November, 2024

Pre- Conference Workshop: 27th November, 2024

About the Conference

The "Asia - Pacific Conference on Adolescent Mental Health – 2024" serves as a pivotal platform for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to converge and address the pressing issues surrounding adolescent mental health. With the theme "Thriving minds: Fostering adolescent wellbeing," the conference underscores the critical importance of nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Through insightful discussions, presentations, and pre- conference workshops, participants will delve into innovative approaches, evidence-based interventions and best practices aimed at promoting positive mental health outcomes among adolescents. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, this conference seeks to empower stakeholders to develop comprehensive strategies that prioritize the holistic wellbeing of young people, ultimately paving the way for healthier and more resilient generations in the years to come.

Pre-conference workshop Session

Evidence synthesis and its application in adolescent mental health research 

Trauma-informed practice for social work practitioners

The world through the eyes of the adolescent using photovoice methods

Suicide prevention interventions among adolescent 

*Participants can select maximum 2 sessions in Pre- Conference Workshop


Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) an institute of Eminence, recognised by Ministry of Education, govt of India stands as a beacon of academic excellence and innovation in India. Established in 1953 in the quaint town of Manipal, Karnataka, the institute has grown exponentially, offering a plethora of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs across diverse disciplines including health sciences, engineering, management, communications and humanities. Its sprawling campus, equipped with world-class facilities and amenities, fosters an environment conducive to holistic learning and personal growth. Manipal group a pioneer in higher education services has campuses also in Mangalore, Sikkim, Jamshedpur, Jaipur and Bengaluru in India, Dubai, Malaysia and Antigua in the Caribbean. It has active collaboration with 250+ leading universities worldwide. Through its emphasis on research, innovation, and community engagement, MAHE continues to shape the leaders and thinkers of tomorrow


ABOUT PSPH & MSW Programme

Prasanna School of Public Health (PSPH) is an constituent unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). At PSPH, we are committed to advancing research and education in the field of 'Public Health and Wellbeing'. With a strong network spanning public, private, and governmental institutions both nationally and internationally. Our offerings cater to both industry professionals and academia, with a range of multi-disciplinary postgraduate programs and certificate courses designed to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare sector.


MSW (Master of Social Work) Programme at Prasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal has been ranked 4th among Emerging Colleges in Social Work and ranked 17th in the overall rankings according to India Today-MDRA Best Colleges Rankings for the year 2023. MSW is perfect blend of theoretical and practical learning, the programme builds critical faculties and advanced professional skills of the graduates which is required for practice in the field of their choice, with specialization offered:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical Psychiatric Social Work
  • Community Development



Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Education, Government of India to facilitate collaboration between Indian institutions and top-ranked global universities for research and academic activities. SPARC aims to facilitate fundamental and socially relevant research in India, lot of emphasis is being laid to strengthen collaboration between Indian research groups with global researchers, so that Indian scientists and students can interact with the finest minds in the world. The initiative sees to create strong bilateral co-operation, and improved world reputation and ranking of Indian Institutions.


Event Speakers

Speaker 1

Prof. Dr Basseer Jeeawody

Founding President and Executive Chairman at Emotional Wellbeing Institute – Geneva

Speaker 1

Mrs Jo Bentley Davey

Sessional Lecturer/ Tutor, James Cook University, Australia and facilitator delivering trauma informed practice training

Speaker 1

Dr Abraham Francis

Associate Professor, Social Work and Human Services, James Cook University, Australia

Speaker 1

Dr Kalpana Goel

Lecturer, Justice & Society, University of South Australia, Australia

Speaker 1

Dr Kavitha Jangam

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru

Speaker 1

Dr Anish V Cherian

Additional Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru and National Representative for International Association for Suicide Prevention

Speaker 1

Dr Pattie Gonsalves

Project Director, Sangath, Goa

Speaker 1

Dr Varalakshmi Chandra Sekaran

Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Policy, Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

Speaker 1

Dr Divya Sussana Patil

Research Fellow and Coordinator, Centre for Evidence- Informed Decision Making, Department of Health Information, PSPH, MAHE, Manipal


Registration & Abstract submission starts 25th May, 2024
Last date of abstract submission 15th August, 2024
Notification of acceptance Latest by 26th August, 2024
Registration opens for pre-conference workshop* 25th May, 2024
Last date for early bird 31st August, 2024
Last date for registration 31st October, 2024
*Limited seats for pre-conference workshop

Event Venue

Event venue location info

Dr. TMA Pai Halls, KMC Manipal

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Prasanna School of Public Health
Manipal Academy of Higher Education,
Manipal 576104

Phone Number

Dr Teddy Andrews: +91 94820 46109
Dr Varalakshmi: +91 95358 10325
Mr Alric Dsouza : +91 89714 12166