SNF Nostos


SNF Nostos 2023 will focus on Mental Health | June 21, 22, & 23, Athens, Greece

January 18 2023


In the past three years, the pandemic has brought mental health to the foreground while sharply increasing the prevalence of depression and anxiety symptoms, according to relevant studies.* Even if the threat of COVID-19 eventually recedes, the mental trauma it has wrought at both the personal and societal levels is likely to remain with us for years to come. Now is the time to keep pressing onward against the stigma associated with mental health challenges and to talk openly about a problem that concerns each of us individually and all of us collectively.

For three days (June 21 to 23) at SNF Nostos, the annual summer gathering hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), we will discuss issues related to mental health during the SNF Nostos Conference and SNF Dialogues—and do much more besides. As every year, we’ll join together to go the distance in the SNF Nostos Run, enjoy artistic events, and take in vibrant concerts through an SNF Nostos collaboration which we hope to announce soon.

SNF Nostos from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
June 21, 22, & 23, 2023
At the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, Greece
SNF Dialogues: June 21
SNF Nostos Conference: June 22 & 23
SNF Nostos Run: June 22

*World Health Organization (WHO), World mental health report: Transforming mental health for all, 16 June 2022, Report
*World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 pandemic triggers 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide, 2 March 2022, News release

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What does SNF Nostos 2023 include?

SNF Dialogues | Wednesday, June 21

The SNF Nostos 2023 discussions will kick off on June 21 with SNF Dialogues, opening a frank discussion about mental health with the help of experts and professionals in the field.

The SNF Dialogues are curated and moderated by iMEdD Managing Director, SNF Dialogues Executive Director, and journalist Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

SNF Nostos Conference | Thursday, June 22 & Friday, June 23

Mental health is a challenging and complex topic whose depths we certainly could not plumb in the two days of the conference. But we are determined to address a number of important topics from a variety of perspectives, talk about issues that concern us all on a daily basis or during specific periods of our lives, and highlight facets less commonly known or relevant to specific populations.

Our intention, in collaboration with the nonprofit journalism organization iMEdD (incubator for Media Education and Development) and with the help of the young people from all over the world through the SNF Nostos Youth Advisory Committee, is to look at mental health as comprehensively and intelligibly as possible. In these discussions on June 22 and 23, in collaboration with researchers and experts from a wide range of fields, all of us will be active participants and not mere spectators. We want every question, every opinion, every objection, every voice to be heard.

On the first day of the SNF Nostos Conference, we will begin by focusing on the field of child and adolescent mental health, listening to young people themselves talking about what’s on their minds and what they are dealing with. Guided by experts from Greece and from around the world, we will discuss interesting findings from a survey conducted by the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative,* which is part of SNF’s $750 million-plus international Health Initiative.

We will then discuss issues like the profound impact of technology and the role of video games in mental health, the normalization of violence and its impact on children, the epidemic of loneliness and its consequences, the impact of mental health on the economy after the pandemic, and mental health in old age. We will also be talking about the trauma of women and children who have survived trafficking, the development of promising new treatments and equitable access to them, the role of music, the long journey of a young person towards their gender transition and the acceptance of their gender identity by those around them, and much more.

*The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative is implemented in collaboration with the Child Mind Institute in New York and institutions and professionals from the Greek national health system, with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Health.

Registration for the SNF Nostos Conference will open on February 15.

SNF Nostos Run | Thursday, June 22

SNF Nostos 2023 would not be complete without the SNF Nostos Run: Running into the Future, especially in the context of this year’s theme—the positive effects of exercise and sports on mental health are well documented, after all. Once again this year, we’ll all be running as one, with the same sense of optimism, to the finish line at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) on June 22, 2023.

Organizational supervision of the race is undertaken by the nonprofit Regeneration & Progress and the Department of Sports Excellence of the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the University of Athens Medical School.

More information will be announced soon.

Artistic program
As every year, an exciting artistic program featuring exhibitions, interactive installations, and participatory activities will run in parallel, complementing and expanding on the theme of SNF Nostos.
On the music front, a collaboration we hope to be able to announce soon will bring a dynamic musical lineup featuring artists from Greece and abroad.
Stay tuned for more info!

*2023 SNF Nostos Conference speakers confirmed and invited (as of 18.01.2023)

Louisa Benton, Executive Director, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (invited)

Ruth Faden, Founder, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (invited)

Cornelia Griggs, Pediatric Surgeon and Instructor in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Director of Education, MGH Center for Gun Violence Prevention (confirmed)

Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and CEO, Sandy Hook Promise (confirmed)

David Hogg, Board Member, March For Our Lives (confirmed)

Harold Koplewicz, Founding President and Medical Director, Child Mind Institute (CMI) (confirmed)

Anastasia Koumoula-Zafeiropoulou, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Senior Coordinator and Scientific Advisor, SNF-CMI Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (confirmed)

Sunitha Krishnan, Chief Functionary and Co-Founder, Prajwala (confirmed)

Steven Kushner, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute (confirmed)

John MacPhee, CEO, Jed Foundation (confirmed)

Sander Markx, Director of Precision Psychiatry, Columbia University (confirmed)

Michelle Miller, Director of Mental Health Programs, National Children’s Alliance (confirmed)

Fred Muench, President, Partnership to End Addiction (invited)

Mike Niconchuk, Program Director for Trauma & Violent Conflict, Beyond Conflict (confirmed)

Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun, Professor of Psychiatry and Provost, University of Ibadan College of Medicine; Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Hospital, Ibadan (confirmed)

Luis Augusto Paim Rohde, President, International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions; Full Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (invited)

Amanda Ryan-Smith, Chief Development Officer, The Trevor Project (confirmed)

Giovanni Abrahão Salum, SNF-CMI Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative Program Director, Child Mind Institute (confirmed)

Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International (confirmed)

Madeline Singas, Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals (invited)

Jeremy Sugarman, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine and Deputy Director for Medicine, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (invited)

Effy Vayena, Professor of Bioethics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (invited)

Van Yu, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Urban Community Services (invited)