Who We Are

The Mental Health Section supports research, policy and practice that addresses the mental health, physical health and well-being of diverse and vulnerable populations. Our Section was established in 1934 and includes members who started and developed our country’s public mental health field in addition to students and early career professionals who continue this tradition of leadership. 

We are here to offer you opportunities to network, build careers and impact public behavioral health. With this in mind, Section activities support:

  • Fluency with the principles and strategies of population behavioral health.
  • Advocacy for effective and evidence-based interventions, programs, systems and policies, including strategies designed to address the stigma of mental illness.
  • Use of mixed-methods and community participatory research that engage stakeholders to create improvements that address challenges by building on strengths.