9th World Congress on
Women's Mental Health

6 - 9 November 2022 | MECC Maastricht – The Netherlands




Please see the video on the right
for a warm welcome
from the
Local Organizing Committee




Please note we are continuing to monitor Covid-19 and its potential affect on travel which consequentially could affect attendees ability to attend the Congress in person.
Our goal is to have a live, in person, face-to-face Congress with safety precautions in place but are monitoring the situation closely.
For the latest information on travelling to the Netherlands, please click here.
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Florence Thibaut

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Invitation to IAWMH 2022 Congress

The International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH) is very pleased to invite you to the 9th IAWMH World Congress on Women’s Mental Health, which will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in November 2022 (6-9th).

Clinicians and researchers involved in the field of women’s mental health from every country are invited to attend this congress and to contribute.

The International Association for Women’s Mental Health was established in 2001 to improve the mental health of women throughout the world.

This World Congress is an exciting time for the IAWMH as we continue to grow and provide advocacy for women’ mental health and support innovation for clinicians and researchers working in these fields. Our association is dedicated to raising global awareness about the special issues that women face with adverse impacts on mental health. Throughout the world, especially during this pandemic, women face daunting challenges and confronting mental ill health can be a time of hope or else a devastating experience if proper care and understanding are not available.

The IAWMH congress will provide important opportunities for delegates to share experiences of working with women to improve their mental health and to learn about new advances in the field.

This congress is to be held in Maastricht at the heart of Europe with a blend of old traditions and rich and vibrant Dutch culture. The program will be a combination of neuroscience, psychosocial and environmental presentations that are highly relevant to womens' mental health and treatments for mental illnesses. During the congress we encourage our participants to share experiences as well as relax and enjoy Dutch hospitality.

With our Dutch colleagues, we hope that the 9th World Congress of the IAWMH will enrich you all and will be an unforgettable experience.

Florence Thibaut


With my best personal regards,

Professor Florence Thibaut, University of Paris, France

IAWMH President

Social activities

Find out more about the Social activities like
a Night at the Museum & the Congress Dinner Party


Established in 2001 to improve the mental health of women throughout the world, the International Association for Women’s Mental Health is a Not for Profit, Non-Governmental Organization.

The mission of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health is:

  • To improve the mental health of women throughout the world.
  • To expand the fund of knowledge about Women’s Mental Health.
  • To promote gender-sensitive and autonomy-enhancing mental health services for women.
  • To advance collaboration between Societies and Sections.

Maastricht, the Netherlands

Maastricht is the ideal conference city in the heart of Europe. Quoting from Wikipedia: “The first permanent settlement was founded by the Celts about 500 BC. A Roman city was built around
0 AD, making Maastricht one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands”. The name Maastricht goes back to the Roman Empire name of the city “Mosa Trajectum”, meaning crossing of the Maas (Meuse) River.

With Belgium and Germany as its direct neighbours Maastricht is only a short trip away no matter which way to travel you use. With eight airports nearby, good international train connections and excellent highway system, the city is easily accessible. Maastricht has a state of the art conference and exhibition centre MECC, 5600 hotel rooms and, most important, the right community and experience to facilitate international conferences with outstanding personal service.


In close consultation with the organization, MECC Hotel Services has taken options in different hotels in Maastricht and surroundings at very competitive rates: there are no extra costs! Please click here for more information.

Conference venue

The 9th IAWMH World Congress on Women’s Mental Health
(IAWMH 2022) will take place at the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC).

We are looking forward to meeting you during IAWMH 2022!