The Young Psychiatrists’ Network was born in 2009 as ”Young Psychiatrists Eastern Europe” due to an initiative from the – no longer active - Swedish Eastern Europe Committee (SEEC/ÖEK) and facilitated by a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). SEEC had, during its last years, made a special effort to address needs and concerns of young psychiatrists (YP) in the Baltic Sea Region and Belarus.
After initial discussions of common goals and possibilities to promote networking between YPs from Lithuania, Russia and Sweden in Kaliningrad in 2009, the first step was to create a web-based platform.
By the means of Internet-facilitated interactions (Skype) between YPs from Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, the UK and Sweden, the first international meeting was organised.
It took place in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2010.