The Wife of the President, Ms. Elizabeta Gjorgievska, yesterday evening addressed the closing ceremony of the 7th International Psychiatric Congress, which was held in Ohrid from 26 to 29 October 2023.
At the 7th Macedonian Psychiatric Congress with international participation, organized by the Psychiatric Association of Macedonia in cooperation with the Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Neuroscience from Skopje, which focused on the “Challenges in psychiatry and mental health in the third decade of the 21st century”, Prof. Dr. Gjorgievska thanked the renowned experts in the field for sharing their knowledge.
Prof. Gjorgievska reaffirmed that the field of psychiatry and mental health is facing a series of complex challenges and that one of the most important issues is the increasing prevalence of mental health disorders. “Addressing these challenges requires a comprehensive approach that not only focuses on treatment, but also emphasizes prevention and destigmatization. It is necessary to promote awareness of mental health and to ensure that those who need it have access to quality care, regardless of their circumstances”, the Wife of the President said.
As part of the closing ceremony of the 7th International Psychiatric Congress, Prof. Dr. Gjorgievska presented the “Alexander Kurz” award to Prof. Zvezdan Pirtosek, an award granted by the organizers of the Congress.
Below is the full text of the address of the Wife of the President.
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished colleagues, dear friends,
As we draw the curtains on this remarkable gathering, the 7th Macedonian Psychiatric Congress and the 2nd Thematic Conference on Dementia & Neurodegeneration, I stand before you with immense pride and gratitude.
This conference has been a remarkable confluence of minds and disciplines, where the boundaries between neurology and psychiatry blur, giving rise to insights that will shape the future of healthcare. It is a testament to your ambition, where great research ideas were born and renowned experts generously shared their knowledge. You’ve constructed bridges, nurtured professional networks, and fostered collaborations that extend across regions and the world. The pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and the quest for excellence have been at the core of this gathering. Our young scholars have had the privilege of being mentored by some of the brightest minds in the field. Your presence, your guidance, has been a beacon of hope for their journey ahead. Your words have planted seeds of aspiration, and I am confident that these seeds will flourish into the wisdom of tomorrow.
I hope that Ohrid, a city steeped in history, has added a unique touch to this conference. The beauty of this place is a testament to the wonders that surround us, and perhaps, as the whimsical invitation humorously suggests, it may have even contributed positively to our personal dementia prevention.
As we part ways, let us carry with us the knowledge and inspiration we have gathered during these days. Let the connections we’ve forged serve as a reminder that collaboration knows no borders, and knowledge transcends boundaries.
In closing, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to all those who made this event possible: the organizers, the experts, the scholars, and each and every one of you for your unwavering dedication. May our quest for knowledge and progress continue to shine brightly on the horizon, guiding us toward a future where health and discovery remain our guiding stars.