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Who We Are


Increased awareness of the psychosocial needs of children

In the early 1990’s medical and mental health professionals in Greece began to take an interest in the study of the psychosocial needs of children with life threatening illnesses as well as the bereavement needs of families who had experienced the loss of a loved one.


The Founding (Establishment) of Merimna

It was within that climate that Merimna, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 by nine professionals comprised of university professors, pediatric hospital directors, mental health professionals and a clergyman who wanted to create something effective and well organized in Greece for children whose lives have been overturned by life threatening illness or the death of a loved one.


Childhood Bereavement Counseling Centers

Merimna’s board, founded, in 1998, a Childhood Bereavement Counseling Center in Athens and in 2013 opened a second Center in Thessaloniki in order to better meet the needs of Northern and Western Greece.


Pediatric Palliative Home Care Service

In 2010 Merimna founded the Pediatric Palliative Home Care Service, which is the only service in Greece that provides medical and psychosocial care to children with life-threatening illness as well as to their families.

Founding Members of Merimna

1. Danai Papadatou (President)
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Nursing, University of Athens
2. Mirto Neilson (Treasurer)
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author
3. Chrysoula Lemonidou (Secretary)
Professor of Nursing, University of Athens
4. Sotiris Manolopoulos
Psychoanalyst, Pediatric Psychiatrist
5. John Papadatos
Director of Intensive Care, “P.&K. Kyriakou Pediatric Hospital”
6. Stella Tsitoura
Director of Department of Social Medicine, “P.&K. Kyriakou Pediatric Hospital”
7. John Ifantopoulos
Professor of Health Economics, University of Athens Nursing Department
8. Alexandros Fostiropoulos
University Priest, University of London, England
9. Maria Wasielewski
Nurse, Counseling Psychotherapist

Honorary President: Konstantinos Papadatos

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of Athens

Over the years five founding members have left the board and five new members have joined Merimna and corresponding changes were made to the organizations’ charter. The new members are as follows:

1. Johanna Giannopoulou
Child Psychiatrist, Center for Mental Health – Peristeri
2. Eleni Kamperi-Tsouriadi
Pre-school Educator/Advisor
3. Chrissy Chatsichristou
Professor of School Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Athens
4. Zaira Papaligoura
Professor of Developmental Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
5. Mara Politi
Business Executive