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MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE | A Collaborative Approach to Suicide Prevention

Fri 11 Oct 2019 | 08am – 5pm Cresta Golfview Hotel, Lusaka

About the Conference

The World Mental Health Day, observed on the 10th of October, is a rare opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The 2019 Mental Health Day theme is Suicide Prevention.

To commemorate this important day, Renaisense Enterprises Ltd in partnership with the Zambia Medical Association, the Zambia Psychiatry Association, the Psychology Association of Zambia (PAZ) and the Walk With Me Foundation will be hosting the 2nd Mental Health Conference to be held in Lusaka. The conference will be held under the theme “A Collaborative Approach to Suicide Prevention”. This will bring together various stakeholders from key sectors of our society in order to collaborate and combine efforts to reduce the prevalence of this tragedy that continues to affect families and communities alike.

The conference will also be the first of its kind in Zambia to bring together all known key stakeholders in a single room to discuss and address the most neglected health problem in the developing world.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

The abstract should contain the following information about the authors:

  • Title of Abstract

  • Name of Author(s)

  • Affiliation (indicate where you are coming from)

  • Geographic Focus of work (University, School or Community)

  • Presentation format (poster or oral

Name and Contact Details (e-mail and phone numbers) of the Principal Investigator must be provided

2. Academic abstracts should be structured and formatted to include the following headings.

  • Introduction/ Background

  • Aim

  • Materials and Methods

  • Results

  • Conclusions

The abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory. Briefly present the topic, state the scope of the discourse, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The Abstract should not exceed 400 words in length. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used, and the abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard language should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited. Abstract acceptable for this conference include academic research, case studies, audits, systematic reviews, and best practice articles.

3. Non-academic abstracts should include work that introduces new ideas and conceptualizations, research and understandings to the field, as well as analysis of both success and failure. Their content should be as follows:

  • Issues:a summary of the issue(s) addressed by the abstract.

  • Description: a description of the intervention, project, experience, service and/or advocacy.

  • Lessons learned: conclusions and implications of the intervention or project. Data that support the lessons learned and evidence must be included.

  • Next steps: possible next steps for implementation, or recommendations.

All abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to conference@renaisense.net with the title “Abstract Submission …… (Name of Main Author)”.


  • Only abstract submissions meeting the above guidelines and conditions will be considered.

  • An e-mail reply to acknowledge receipt of an abstract will be sent within 48hrs.

  • All original papers must be accompanied by a declaration stating that the abstract represents work done originally by the authors and if it has been published state where it has been published.


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