The Centre for Urban Mental Health

Finding new pathways to improve mental health in the city.

For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. Unfortunately, city life can be challenging for mental well-being. How can we help people thrive in an urban environment and reduce the burden of mental disorders like depression, addiction and anxiety? 

At the Centre for Urban Mental Health, researchers from different fields use the tools of complexity science to find answers. 

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How to response after experiencing suicide or attempted suicide in school?

When: Monday February 2nd - 16:00 - 17:30h

Where: Online Live Stream

Organizer: 113 Suicide Prevention and Trimbos Institute 

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An (attempted) suicide of a student has enormous impact on fellow students and school employees and thus posits an important issue. Novel plans to prevent such suicides (and their attempts) have been developed based on research that was funded by the UvA Centre for Urban Mental Health. These action plans offer staff guidance on how to act after an (attempted) suicide to prevent trauma and imitating behavior. To find out more and access these plans read the linked article.

On Monday 8 January, on the 'Dies Natalis' of the UvA, we hosted our symposium 'Societal Challenges, Global Mental Health + Humane AI' to showcase the work of our nominee, Prof. Vikram Patel, and the nominee of AI, Prof. Chris Manning.

"I want to help others find the help they need"

Language issues, discrimination, and stigma are just a few of the many obstacles migrants and refugees in Europe can face in seeking mental healthcare. In her research project Mentalhealth4all, intercultural health communication specialist Barbara Schouten of the UvA Centre for Urban Mental Health tries to identify these barriers and searches for ways to overcome them. 

"Technology indispensable in providing mental healthcare to the most vulnerable"

Getting psychological help can be problematic in high-income countries like the Netherlands, where long waiting lists prevent many people from obtaining the help they need. However, in many low- and middle-income countries, access to mental healthcare is even more limited, with a large gap between needs and the care available. Guided technology-based interventions provide promising avenues for closing that gap, argues Professor dr. Claudi Bockting Amsterdam UMC.

Depression? Your gut might be the culprit. 

Check out this article that the work of one of our PHD students is highlighted in.. 

Autumn Newsletter 

We've had a busy few months here at the Centre for Urban Mental Health. Check out what we’ve been doing and what we have coming up...

Professor dr. Claudi Bockting receives honorary doctorate from University of Basel

On Friday, November 25, an the University of Basel awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry Claudi Bockting ‘for her contributions to psychology in research and teaching.’