Events and Newsletters

Description of upcoming events including conferences, meetings, and World Mental Health Day.


World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2008

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has selected as this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day: “Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling Up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action.”  Advocacy has been at the heart of the Federation’s work throughout its existence, and the theme celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding in London in 1948.  The campaign will also support the Lancet Series “Call to Action” which focuses on the need to improve mental health services, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

The WFMH is currently developing campaign materials that will be placed on its web site ( later in the year, in various languages.  To be placed on a list to be mailed a CD-ROM in mid-year, contact the program director, Deborah Maguire, or view and download all material via the website.

If you have a program you consider a best practice in mental health advocacy – please contact the WFMH at this email address for more details on how to submit that for possible inclusion in the WMHDAY material this year!

AAAS Science and Human Rights Newsletter

The Science & Human Rights Newsletter is issued monthly by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program. Through the newsletter AAAS strives to keep scientists and human rights practitioners informed with news items, program updates, new resources, and upcoming events at the intersection of science and human rights. You can click here to subscribe. Submissions to the newsletter are welcome and can be made via an online submission form.

Please visit our website to learn more about our programs as well as our past accomplishments.


The XXXII Interamerican Congress of Psychology (CIP-SIP),
sponsored by the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP) will be held in Guatemala from June 28 to July 2, 2009. The CIP-SIP supports efforts to integrate training, research, application, and publication within psychology and its specialties, fosters participation and solidarity among psychologists throughout the Americas, and has the goal of fortifying behavioral sciences in the Americas and beyond.

The theme of the Congress is Psychology: A path towards peace and democracy. Within this theme special tracks include: Health and quality of life, Social violence and human rights, Gender, Political-legal constructions, Effects and consequences of poverty, Impact of natural disasters, Education, Training and Assessment, Organizational and labor challenges.

Information on the Congress is available at (

The 11th European Congress of Psychology, sponsored by the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA) and the Norwegian Psychological Association will take place in Oslo, Norway, July 7-10, 2009. The theme of the congress is  A Rapidly Changing World – Challenges for Psychology. Information on the Congress is available at