Psychology: an essential contribution to Public Well-being

Every person strives to do well in life, to feel well and to act and behave well. In order to be the best you can be, you need to feel well. This proofs to be a challenging task in today’s society. Everyday problems, stress and difficulties put a strain on people’s well-being. All over the world people struggle with economic challenges, political instabilities, violence and day- to-day challenges that impact their mental health, stability and flexibility. To strengthen public well-being we continuously need knowledge of the mind. About how it develops, influences behavior, can be strengthened and cared for. Psychology does all that, and more!

Psychology is the science of human thoughts, feelings and behaviours and its application, through education and professional activity, to human challenges and problems. Psychology contributes not only to public well-being. It also plays a vital role in public health, performance and participation.

Research, education, prevention and treatment

Every psychologist, individually or organised in an association, must therefore continue to contribute to the public well-being. This demands pioneering scientific research that helps to solve social issues, implement new research findings to facilitate lifelong learning, strive to prevent mental illness by using early warning systems and effective treatments to increase an individual’s quality of life.

This is translated into the theme of the EFPA 15th European Congress of Psychology:

Psychology addressing Society’s greatest Challenges

The 15th ECP aims to emphasis the contribution of psychology to society. We have chosen 5 scientific tracks;

  • Life changing events; migration, integration, adaptation
  • Organizing effective psychological interventions
  • Strengthening society’s resilience; prevention and early intervention
  • Promoting excellence and stimulating labour market participation
  • Technological scientific topics; technology and changing behavior