National and Kapodistrian University, Greece

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), founded in 1837, is the first University not only of Greece but both the Balkan peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean region. With a student body of about 68.500 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2.100 members of academic staff and approximately 1.000 administrative and secretarial staff and specialised personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines.

NKUA & Let’s Talk

The Greek team, consisting of Gerasimos Kolaitis, Georgios Giannakopoulos, Foivos Zaravinos-Tsakos, and Aikaterini Papanikolaou, is located at the Department of Child Psychiatry, School of Medicine, NKUA. Our aim is to facilitate awareness-raising and communication of Let’s Talk about Children (LTC) at school, by demonstrating its relevance and contribution to the psychosocial adjustment and well-being of students and their caregivers. Gerasimos Kolaitis and Georgios Giannakopoulos have already implemented LTC training, implementation, and dissemination in several mental health and social services in Greece. This past-experience provides an excellent foundation to expand our work and successfully introduce and promote LTC at school. Through the training of school teachers on a national level, we aim to build a nationwide network of LTC trainers and practitioners, supported by a continued sustainability plan.