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Read our article on The Urban Brain - Mental Health in the City.. 

For some people, the city is a place where you can be yourself and thrive, but for others, living in the city can be a struggle. Researchers at the UvA Centre for Urban Mental Health explore how city dwellers can maintain or achieve mental health.

Read more about our Green Light Symposium and Party..

Urban Mental Health will be launching into its second period very soon and on 6 September, we hosted a day symposium and dinner party to celebrate the future. This symposium includes presentations from Prof. Morten Kringelbach, Prof. dr. Claudi Bockting & Prof. dr. Reinout Wiers.

Being told something in a childish tone, not being taken seriously, or getting the feeling that people think you are just a burden to society. These are all examples of "ageism" - stereotyping, prejudices and discrimination towards seniors based on their age. Many seniors fall victim to it, and that number has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research...

Associate Professor Angélique Cramer joined the Centre for Urban Mental Health in January. Among other things, she will develop a complex systems framework for urban mental health. This framework will be utilized to help develop ‘an online supermarket of small, accessible, personalized interventions for vulnerable Europeans’...

How can it be that a person loses control over his actions? And what does it take - physically, psychologically, and socially - to bounce back? Co-director of the Centre for Urban Mental Health Reinout Wiers, wrote a book titled Akrasia, about the neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology of addiction. 

Complexity Science is the language that binds the research of the Centre for Urban Mental Health. But what is it exactly? And how can it help us understand the dynamics of mental health taking shape in an urban environment? Peter Sloot, Professor of Complex Adaptive Systems and board member of the Centre for Urban Mental Health, explains...

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.

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.

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