World Mental Health Day is observed annually on 10 October, to raise awareness of and improve mental health around the world. This year the focus is on suicide prevention. Organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, supported by inter alia WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, United for Global Health, and IUPsyS. Full details of WHO’s “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness and understanding of the magnitude of suicide globally and the role that all of us can play to help prevent it may be accessed by clicking here. Information such as fact sheets, data, infographics, tools, and resources may be obtained here. Extensive suicide data such as global suicide estimates, suicide data reported by countries, and a manual for suicide attempt surveillance may be accessed here.
The International Union of Psychological Science would like to extend a message of solidarity and support to our colleagues and the people of The Bahamas who have been harshly affected by Hurricane Dorian in the past week. Professor Pam Maras, President, said, "the human cost of disasters such as this are a harsh reminder that we should not to forget the need to maintain our compassion in whatever field we work".
The ICP2020 Scientific Committee is pleased to announce that General Abstract Submission is now open. You are invited to submit your abstracts for oral, poster presentations, or symposia at the ICP2020 website: http://www.icp2020.com/
The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) is pleased to announce its quadrennial awards detailed below. Presentation of the awards will be at the 32nd International Congress of Psychology (ICP) in Prague, Czech Republic, July 2020. IUPsyS will meet travel and accommodation costs for attendance at the Award Ceremony in Prague, where each awardee will be expected to deliver an address.
By: Dr Goh Chee Leong and Professor Datin Noran Fauziah Yaakub, Former Presidents of PSIMA (Malaysian Psychological Association)
Professor Dato’ Mahmood Nazar Mohamed
(02 September 1960 – 03 January 2019)
Professor Dato’ Mahmood, former President of the Malaysian Psychology Association and one of the founding Charter Presidents for ARUPS (the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychology Societies), passed away at 5.00 am, on 03 January 2019, at the age of 58 after a year-long battle with blood cancer. A loving husband and a devoted father, he is survived by his wife, Professor Sabitha, who is an academic at University Malaya, and two beautiful daughters – Sabrina and Farah.
The APA-IUPsyS Global Mental Health Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a psychologist to contribute to the work of World Health Organization (WHO), in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) for a period of one year. The fellow will focus on one or more issues related to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan.
The fellowship intends to:
Provide psychologists with exposure to and involvement with international global mental health policy and implementation
Contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge and research in global mental health policy and implementation
The overall goal of the WHO Mental Health Action Plan is “to promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, provide care, enhance recovery, promote human rights and reduce the mortality, morbidity and disability for persons with mental disorders.”
This is my first end of year message as President of the International Union of Psychological Science.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the leadership of our previous President - Saths Cooper - whose significant contribution has ensured that the Union is truly representative as the global voice of psychology serving humanity. As Past President Saths will continue to play an important leadership role on the Executive, particularly in respect of our capacity building activities.
I would also like to thank Secretary-General Ann Watts who has led the effective operational running of the Union, Goh Chee Leong our Treasurer and our Administrative Coordinator Karl Swain, who quietly works behind the scenes to support us, whilst at the same time completing his doctorate – well done Dr Karl!...
The World Health Organization annually recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2018, “with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health” (WHO, 2018). World Mental Health Day facilitates opportunities for all partners working in the field of mental health to discuss their work, to address the various needs of diverse communities the world over in order to make mental health care a global reality. The theme for this year is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. WHO details of the 2018 World Mental Health Day may be accessed at: http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/
The inauguration of Professor Pam Maras as President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) in Montréal on 30 June 2018 marks an important milestone in the Union’s 127 year history. Both her scientific focus and commitment to international psychology for the public good exemplify the founding principles and anchoring mission of the Union of which she will be the first female president.
It is with great sadness that IUPsyS must announce the recent passing of Professor Bame Nsanemang, one of Africa’s great psychologists. A doyen of developmental science, whose lifelong commitment to building a discipline responsive to the needs of all of the people of the world, he will be sorely mourned and missed by the global community of which he formed such a valued and respected part.