Thursday 7 March - News Brief
IAWMH Membership
Why You Should be a Member!
If you are attending the Congress but are not a member of this amazing and vibrant organization, the only one that addresses women's mental health worldwide; you should join IAWMH while you are here at the Congress.

What do you get when you become a member?
  • Complimentary online access to the IAWMH official journal, Archives of Women's Mental Health
  • Regular newsletters with the latest initiatives in women's mental health from different parts of the world
  • Updates on publications by our members
  • Lower Registration rates for the conference
  • The opportunity to network with different experts and groups around the world
  • Invited to present short and interesting articles 
  • The opportunity to showcase your work, initiatives and research

As a special courtesy, become a member at a special reduced rate here at the Congress! Stop and see Debby Tucker at the IAWMH Desk next to registration and outside the Salon Honnorat (Posters, Exhibits and Coffee Breaks).
All Congress registrants are invited to the IAWMH General Assembly and Women's Day Celebration on Friday 8 March from 1-2:30pm
Come and see why you should be an IAWMH member and join the International Women's Day Celebration!
CME Survey & Certificate
To receive your CME Certificate you must complete the online CME survey no later than 25 March 2019. Once you have completed the survey IAWMH will email you your CME certificate. You will receive your certificate in April.

 You should wait to complete the survey until you have completed your attendance at the Congress. You may only login once to submit your survey responses and your total attendance hours.

Congress Attendance Strong and Attentive to Issues Relating to Women's Mental Health
With a detailed program of keynotes, plenary, symposia, oral and poster presentations the attendance at the Congress has been filled with attentive registrants who are deeply committed to women's mental health.

To view the abstracts and an interactive program, click here!

IAWMH / EPA Joint Symposium
Florence Galderisi
The two organizations collaborated on the joint symposium, "Child and Women's Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies." Silvana Galderisi, President of the European Psychiatric Association chaired the session with IAWMH President-elect Florence Thibaut.

Silvana Galderisi
EPA President
Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
Three LAMIC registrants were presented with Early Career Travel Award Scholarships to attend the Congress:
Vandita Shanbhag from India
Tesera Bitew from Ethiopia
Ekin S ö nmez from Turkey

They shared their experiences from the Congress

Dr. Ekin Sönmez, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
Those who attended the IAWMH 2019 Congress had the opportunity to meet and interact with the over 600 participants of the Congress from 52 countries. The first day of the Congress has covered a wide range of interesting topics from basic science to translational medicine and to social aspects related to women’s mental health. Also remarkable was the range of posters summarizing studies on first episode psychosis, differential side effects of psychotropic medications, understanding IPV and intervention techniques on different levels, among others. Seemingly, there might at some point occur some controversies, yet this makes women’s mental health even more challenging-in a positive way.
 These indicate that the IAWMH 2019 Congress has many things to offer for professionals with various specializations, and therefore, opens up a space for collaboration across disciplines. In my opinion, one of the main characteristics of this Congress is that it’s focus on women’s mental health and the warm atmosphere provided, which facilitates communication and collaboration among participants. Hopefully, a number of partner associations that contributed to the Congress with their joint symposia and workshops will help to promote IAWMH and its work in different settings.

Dr Vandita Shanbhag, Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s Mental Health, NIMHANS, India
Report on Day 1 - 05.03.2019, Tuesday. 
The Congress began by a warm welcome address by President Jayashri Kulkarni. President Elect Prof Florence Thibaut highlighted the key points and unique features of this congress. The much awaited moment finally arrived when I was awarded the “Early Career Travel Award” by my mentor Prof Prabha Chandra and Prof Nine Glangeaud. 
The scientific program started with an outstanding presentation on Pathway to Suicidal Behaviour in Women by Maria Oquendo, USA. She highlighted how impulsive suicidal thoughts and sustained suicidal thoughts had different trajectories and contributing factors. 
Listening to the cello and the brilliant female lead singer in the musical band left me mesmerised. I enjoyed her rendition of La vie en rose and hummed the tune all evening. The evening allowed an excellent opportunity to interact with my peers over cocktails and desserts and gain insights into their work.
Report on Day 2 - 06.03.2019, Wednesday. 
The morning began with an interesting discussion on use of SSRI in pregnancy by Inger Schweitzer. She highlighted the how relapse rates were atleast as high as 12% in women who discontinued SSRI during pregnancy. The session also covered how infant characteristics such as irritability, difficult temperament played a causal on postpartum depression. 
Key Note on Sex and Depression: This is Your Brain on Steroids. Prof Rubinow captivated his audience right from the beginning with his wit and charm. Through his presentation, he took us on a journey from the synthesis of neurosteroids to the implications of these hormones in depression. The role of oestrogen in inducing synaptic connections and depression was discussed. 
The session on Intimate partner violence (IPV) towards women chaired by Marc Roelands- Antwerp- Belgium highlighted on the psychological characteristics of perpetrators and their contribution to IPV. Audrey highlighted how empathy, impulsivity and verbal skills in males impact perpetration of violence in a very lucid way. The speakers outlined how feminist theory, neurobiological theories of trauma and attachment theory – explained IPV perpetration. The session concluded by highlighting the societal, neurobiological and psychological heterogeneity and need for tailoring interventions to individual needs. 
In a very exciting session chaired by Prof Ian Brockington, I had the delight to listen to speakers from various parts of the world such as US, UK, France and Greece share their work involving perinatal mental illnesses. Particularly interesting was obsessive symptoms and their impact on the maternal-infant bond and development of the baby. 
I had this fantastic opportunity to hear Prof Helen Hermann’s plenary talk where she highlighted the challenges of social adversity and clinical care. She narrated examples from my motherland, India where mental health was incorporated in primary health care to improve outreach in a resource sparse country. The evening concluded with talks by stalwarts in psychiatry like Prof Prabha Chandra and Vivette Glover. 
I. t was a well spent, stimulating day and I felt thankful for being given this opportunity to meet, interact and learn from leaders in women’s mental health all over the world. 
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