The 6th Qatar International Mental Health Conference provides an ideal platform for peer-to-peer learning and networking. This is the sixth such conference bringing together policy and decision makers, researchers, clinicians, students and other stakeholders to share work in the areas of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in Qatar and the region.

Don’t miss out on the chance to feature your work.
Submit an abstract and participate in this conference!

The Planning Committee seeks submissions of interest to participate in this year’s conference and look forward to receiving abstracts of research projects or quality initiatives that you believe would make a suitable contribution to our program and will be of interest to healthcare professionals working in or with mental health in Qatar and the region.

Your abstracts should address one of the following options:
1) Oral Presentations
2) Workshop Sessions
3) Poster Presentations

1) Intensive Workshop Sessions – scheduled to be held on Thursday 30 November
Workshop sessions are scheduled to be 3-hours long and will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role-plays. The workshop focuses on a particular issue or topic relevant to mental health services and maximizes audience participation. At least 25% of the total allotted time must be devoted to questions and answers, or to group interaction – remember this is NOT a lecture. The applicant arranges the chairperson; the maximum number of presenters should not exceed 1 chairperson and 2 co-presenters.

2) Oral Presentations – scheduled to be held on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December
Oral presentations will be of 15 minutes duration. The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated, including the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

3) Poster Presentations – scheduled to be held on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December
Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the Conference.

Posters will be displayed in the venue foyer for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that one of the authors should be available during break times to discuss the poster with other attendees. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Opens: Sunday 30 July, 2017
  • Abstract Submission Closes: Sunday 16 September, 2017
  • Notification of decisions: Thursday 28 September 2017
Presentation Formats
You can pre-select the presentation format you prefer: oral or poster. However, abstracts submitted for consideration as oral presentations will subsequently be considered for poster presentations if not accepted for oral. Please note that all posters should preferably be printed in portrait style to fit the poster boards and should be A1 size (594 x 841 mm / 23.4 x 33.1 in).

Abstract Topics
Submitted abstracts should identify which of the following focus areas is addressed:
Innovative diagnostic and therapeutic plans
Quality improvement projects
Local / regional research projects

Abstracts submitted for the conference should identify which of the methods used below best describes the abstract being submitted.
  • Administrative Data Analysis
  • Economic Analysis or Evaluation
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Program or Policy Evaluation
  • Public Engagement
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quality of Life and Preference Elicitation
  • Other: Please Specify
Evaluation Criteria for abstract submissions
Using a blinded review process, the Abstract Review Committee will review all abstracts using the following criteria:
  • The content of the abstract provides new insight and/or knowledge in the area of mental health research, diagnostics and therapy;
  • The abstract is clear and well organized;
  • The proposed presentation is innovative and/or original; and
  • The proposed presentation will be of significant interest to conference delegates.

Any Questions?
If you have any questions about abstracts, please email: mentalhealthconference@hamad.qa