The Young Psychiatrists’ Network (YPN) is a rapidly growing movement of young and active psychiatrists from all over the world. The aims of the Network include: creating a forum for communication and collaboration between young psychiatrists (YPs), facilitating the formation of an international YPs’ identity, and boosting the personal and professional growth of YPs worldwide. Activities of the network during the last few years have focused mainly on organizing annual meetings.
The original meeting was initiated by the Swedish Eastern Europe Committee (Assoc. Professor Jerker Hanson), in May 2009, facilitated by a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency. In 2010 50 YPs from 10 European countries met in Vilnius, benefiting from the hospitality of Lithuanian colleagues. The 2nd YPs’ Network Meeting was held in Riga in April 2011, attracting 90 participants from 18 countries. This was supported by the Latvian Psychiatric Association, Riga Centre of Psychiatry and Addiction disorders, and Riga Stradins University, both the Swedish Psychiatric Association and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) having major roles in planning the conference, with the WPA providing a grant, allowing attendants from non-Baltic countries.
The 3rd YPs’ Network Meeting took place in Minsk in September 2012 and was supported by the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Belarusian Psychiatric Association and Rotary Club "Minsk".
We are looking forward to the next meeting in Wroclaw (Poland) and invite YPs and other mental health professionals from around the world to join the network.