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2020 World Mental Health Day

Publish Date:
10 Oct, 2020


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 https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020. IUPsyS strongly supports the call for increased investment in essential mental health and psychosocial services, which have been disrupted globally by the COVID-19 pandemic and at a time when they are most needed. #worldmentalhealthday #mental health #COVID19.

IUPsyS Concern Over Blatant Racism in the USA

Publish Date:
03 Jun, 2020


The International Union of Psychological Science notes with grave concern the blatant racism in the USA which has resulted in the wanton killing of African Americans and the violent response to peaceful protests by young people. As Psychology’s Global Voice we urge US leaders to create an environment that is conducive to resolving this age-old scourge which blots our quest for a common humanity, and desist from fuelling further violence against its citizens. We attach a sample of responses from our members that express our collective willingness to support meaningful resolution, especially at this fragile period when all of us are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Response from The Pan African Psychology Union

Response from The Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP)

In Memoriam: Wayne H. Holtzman (1923 – 2019)

Publish Date:
22 May, 2020


In Memoriam: Wayne H. Holtzman (1923 – 2019)

Secretary-General of IUPsyS, 1972 – 1984; President of IUPsyS, 1984 – 1988

Wayne H. Holtzman

Wayne H. Holtzman died on 23 January 2019 at the age of 96. Forty-one days later, Joan King, the love of his life, with whom he had been married for 71 years, also passed away at the age of 93.

Wayne was born in Chicago on 16 January 1923. After receiving a BS degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in February 1944. He then served on the USS Iowa during the latter part of the Second World War as an anti-aircraft gunnery officer. His observations of people in life threatening combat conditions and often debilitating stress during these difficult times prompted a particular interest in the complexities of human behaviour that greatly influenced his future career. 

2020 Psychology Day at the United Nations

Publish Date:
28 Apr, 2020


UN75 The Multilateralism We Want: 
Psychological Contributions to Building Bridges Among and Within Nations 

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 Time: 11am – 1pm EDT 

Free Online Event 

Please register for the event here:

Currently there is an increase in nationalist movements and the rise of anti-immigrant sentiments, xenophobia and intolerance in many parts of the world. These trends are impacting attitudes towards the United Nations and challenging the concept of Multilateralism upon which its charter is based. The General Assembly decided to recognise the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an important opportunity for governments to reaffirm their commitments to the UN Charter. Multilateralism is especially relevant now as the world faces a global pandemic. For more information, click here.

IJP Special Issue Call for Papers: COVID-19

Publish Date:
08 Apr, 2020


The unfolding 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic (World Health Organisation, 2020) has become a severe global crisis that is currently not under control (as of March 30, 2020). Coined as a “once-in-a-century pandemic” (Gates, 2020), societies and populations around the world are faced by massive, unprecedented challenges, disrupting essential aspects of public, economic, and private life. The crisis has quickly developed from being a local and then global health crisis to also being a massive global economic crisis, affecting both the physical and psychological well-being of humanity with a currently unclear time horizon (Bao et al., 2020; Duan & Zhu, 2020; Liu et al, 2020).

The purpose of this Special Issue is to encourage and publish new research on the psychological implications of the unfolding crisis for society, populations, groups, and individuals, as well as prevention and intervention efforts. We particularly welcome empirical papers, but papers initiating and explicating new, pressing research agendas for global psychology are also applicable.

For more information, click here.

IUPsyS Communique on COVID-19

Publish Date:
03 Apr, 2020


The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) trusts that you and yours are coping with the challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - an unprecedented global public health phenomenon affecting most nations and regions of the world.

Besides the serious physical outcomes of the virus, social anxiety and the mental health needs of individuals, groups and communities who are directly and indirectly affected, will continue to grow.

ICP2020 Rescheduled to 18-23 July 2021

Publish Date:
20 Mar, 2020


Under the unique circumstances that all of us confront with the COVID-19 pandemic, ICP2020 - which was due to be held this July - has been rescheduled to 18-23 July 2021 at the same Prague Congress Centre. This decision, not taken lightly, is intended to protect the >8000 participants and others involved, under the extraordinary prevailing conditions which our fragile world currently faces...

IUPsyS Proudly Supports International Women’s Day

Publish Date:
08 Mar, 2020


IUPsyS proudly supports International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD themes 'An equal world is an enabled world' and 'I am Generation Equality' should resonate with us throughout the year both personally and as part of the groups we belong to.
Pam Maras, IUPsyS President #IWD2020 #EachforEqual #InternationalWomensDay #GenerationEquality #UNwomen

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