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. 

The International Conference on Urban Mental Health, organized in close collaboration with EACLIPT and hosted by the Centre for Urban Mental Health of the University of Amsterdam, took place on March 21 and 22, 2024, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

To all presenters and all attendees who joined us: we have been honored to have you and would like to thank you for taking the time to do so, for your valuable contributions throughout and for participating in what we think has been a very positive, stimulating and successful conference. We sincerely hope that you have experienced it in a similar manner and hope to cross paths with you again in the future! 

At the conference, practitioners, academics, policymakers, students, supporters, and allies who are interested in sharing best practices and learning more about mental health in the city joined for various keynotes, panel sessions, group symposia, poster sessions, oral and rapid presentations and numerous vivid conversations and discussions. The focus lie on interdisciplinary research with complexity science as a backbone.

Would like to know more? See here for a brief conference overview and recap, and here for the programme.

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