ACHC symposium on mental health and diversity: a great success!

Published on December 7, 2023 – The Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) hosted its fall symposium, “Communication for Mental Health(s): Promoting Inclusion and Diversity,” on Friday, November 24th, chaired by Barbara Schouten and Gian Hernandez. The event was a pivotal moment at the intersection of mental health and cultural diversity, both within the Netherlands and globally.

The symposium, held at the University of Amsterdam Roeterseiland campus in Room REC C10.20, saw a diverse gathering of over sixty in-person attendees, with an additional forty participants joining online. True to its commitment to accessibility, the ACHC offered the event free of charge.

Recognizing the importance of accommodating a diverse audience, the symposium was fully bilingual, welcoming Dutch and English-speaking attendees. High-quality interpretation services ensured language was not a barrier to accessing invaluable knowledge.

A highlight was the presentation of groundbreaking findings from “Mental Health 4 All,” an EU Commission-funded project led by the University of Amsterdam, addressing barriers faced by refugees and migrants. Tailored for healthcare professionals and scholars, the symposium aimed to empower mental health professionals with strategies for delivering effective care to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The ACHC expresses gratitude to all participants, speakers, and sponsors for contributing to the success of this vital symposium, marking a significant step forward in fostering a more inclusive and diverse approach to mental healthcare.

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