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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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series with

Francisca Vargas Lopez

Wednesday 31 May, 2023 

 16:00 – 17:00

UvA Institute for Advanced Studied (IAS) - Oude Turfmarkt 147

We are happy to have Francisca join us in-person for our monthly Lecture Series at IAS. In this seminar Francisca will present some of her PhD work on mental health care and inequalities. She will mostly focus on her recently accepted paper about inequalities along the treatment pathway in the Dutch specialist setting. She will integrate these findings with existing literature and her previous papers, to open the discussion to the audience.

Job Vacancies

UMH Coordinator

Number of hours: 20 - 30 hours per week

Work Location: AMC

Contract: 1 year, with view to extend for 5 years

Salary: Scale 10 €3,230 - €5,088

Apply until: May 12, 2023

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