Public Mental Health

The main focus of the section Public Mental Health is to map this field in its interdisciplinarity across the entire spectrum of mental health. The section further seeks to lead the discourse between public health, psychiatric epidemiology, mental health promotion, prevention, and health services research in order to realize more fully its innovative potential in research, teaching, and practice.

Goals of the section

  • Establish and represent public mental Health as an important discipline in the wider public health field
  • Provide information on current topics and events in the field of public mental health.
  • Lead the interdisciplinary discourse and facilitate networking with other learned societies
  • Promote exchange and capacity building in research, teaching and practice


  • Promote exchange between research, practice, policy, relevant stakeholders, and target populations
  • Organise events (symposia, workshops and seminars)with sections and working groups of other learned societies (e.g., German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology (DGPPN), German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP))
  • Represent public mental health as a discipline at national and international conferences and facilitate networking with international partners

How to get involved

Interested parties are cordially invited to contact us about our ongoing work and with suggestions for further activities


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Reininghaus
Department of Public Mental Health

Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH)
J 5 · 68159 Mannheim
Tel.: 0621 1703-1930

Prof. Dr. med. Steffi G. Riedel-Heller, MPH
Department of Social Medicine, Work Medicine and Public Health

Leipzig University, Medical Faculty
Philipp-Rosenthal-Straße 55
04103 Leipzig
Tel.: +49 (0)341/9715408, Fax: +49 (0)341/9715409