Founded in 2001 with the aim of improving the mental health of women everywhere, the IAWMH’s goal is to set up a network of national and international communities. In the Netherlands, this initiative is supported by the Alliance for Gender and Mental Health. Professionals such as psychiatrists affiliated with the NVvP and NIP and POH GGZ psychologists as well as those affiliated with the Association for Gender and Health all work closely with patient organisations (MIND) and social partners WOMEN Inc. and the Dutch GGZ (Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care).
The Alliance wants to pay more attention to gender diversity, increase gender-sensitive scientific research and education, and raise awareness of gender differences among professionals and the public. To improve the quality of mental health care. Not enough attention for gender differences in mental health care can lead to incorrect diagnoses and lack of appropriate care.
In November 2022, the congress will be dedicated to the theme of Women’s Mental Health: Determination & Solidarity. From 6 to 9 November 2022, MECC Maastricht will welcome the 9th World Congress on Women's Mental Health, four years earlier than originally planned. After previously being held in Madrid, Lima, Tokyo, Dublin and Paris, Maastricht has been chosen as the destination for this 9th edition. It will be a congress with active participants. An opportunity to meet with colleagues, professionals, and users. A unique forum to meet and speak with each other: professionals, users but also policymakers and lobbyist and interest groups.
Find out more about the local organizing committee
The MECC radiates openness, and offers an inviting setting to meet, interact and get inspired. All of the right ingredients for the organisation of the 9th IAWMH
Maastricht is The Netherlands’ most European city. With excellent accessibility and internationally acknowledged institutes and scientists
You can find practical information at the general information page