Conference 2024: Save the Date

2024 / 09 / 26&27 - Sigmund Freud Private University | Faculty of Psychotherapy Science Vienna



Topic: Mental Health

September 26th and 27th 


hosted by our Associate Partner:


Sigmund Freud Private University | Faculty of Psychotherapy Science VIENNA



The Sigmund Freud Private University | Faculty of Psychotherapy Science and the FemCities network will welcome network partners, associated partners and interested parties to the FemCities Conference 2024 on the topic of “Mental Health” on the 26th and 27th of September 2024 hosted by the Sigmund Freud Private University | Faculty of Psychotherapy Science in Vienna.

More details about the upcoming conference will be published here and in our network soon



Mental Health or Mental load? Mental health care as a city responsibility 

VENUE: Sigmund Freud University, Freudplatz 1+3, 1020 Wien
DATE: Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th of September 2024

► Register here: FemCities Conference 2024 in Vienna, topic: Mental Health or Mental Load? (


The FemCities conference 2024 "Mental Health or Mental Load? Mental health care as a city responsibility” will delve into the multifaceted intersection of mental health, women, and support systems by cities, fostering crucial conversations on pressing issues faced by today's urban environments.

The conference will spotlight the often-overlooked mental load carried by women as caregivers, exploring the intricate challenges and responsibilities they bear in both personal and professional spheres. We aim to dismantle stereotypes and foster a deeper understanding of the unique struggles faced by women, offering insights to empower and share strategies for balance.

Moreover, it will confront the tabooisation of therapy, aiming to destigmatize seeking mental health support. Through keynotes, fish-bowl discussions and the opportunity to participate in supervision groups, we strive to create an inclusive environment where participants feel encouraged to prioritize their mental well-being without fear of judgment.

Advocating for the cause of mental health awareness, the conference will also address the pervasive stigma surrounding chronic mental health diseases, especially in diagnosis for women. By shedding light on the impact of these conditions, we aim to inspire compassion and support for individuals navigating the complexities of long-term mental health challenges.

Furthermore, the conference is committed to an intersectional perspective and will thus, examine the disparities in access to mental health services, particularly for BIPOC and migrant communities. Inclusive panel discussions and workshops will explore the barriers faced by these groups, seeking innovative solutions to bridge the gap and ensure equitable access to mental health resources.

In the vibrant city of Vienna, Austria, lies a rich tapestry of history deeply interwoven with the evolution of psychotherapy. Pioneering figures like Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Viktor Frankl laid the groundwork for a field often overshadowed by its male luminaries. Yet, amidst this narrative, remarkable women such as Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and Karen Horney made indelible contributions, challenging norms and shaping the course of psychotherapy. Today, the Sigmund Freud Private University (SFU), founded by visionaries in the field, including Dr. Jutta Fiegl and Dr. Elisabeth Vykoukal, continues this legacy of inclusivity and innovation. As Vienna prepares to host the FemCities conference, it serves as a beacon of progress, highlighting both its historical significance in psychotherapy and its commitment to gender equality, paving the way for collaborative efforts to advance women's rights across Europe.

Join us on the 26. and 27. of September to engage with thought leaders, experts, and advocates dedicated to advancing the dialogue on women's mental health in urban settings. Together, let's build a more compassionate and supportive future for all citizens.

Program and more information coming soon

Mental Health / Mental Load / Healthy Cities / Psychotherapy for everyone / Gender Equal Health Care 

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