Successful Public Mental Health Summer School in Vilnius

The Public Mental Health Summer School, co-organised by EUPHA, took place 7-11 October 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

No health without mental health. Even though the burden of mental ill – health is well known, there are still few learning opportunities in the Public Mental Health field. Accordingly, there is an urgent need to increase knowledge and research capacities in the field of Public Mental Health.

Therefore, for the fourth time a Public Mental Health summer school was organized by the president (Prof. Dr. Jutta Lindert, University of Applied Sciences Emden / Leer, Germany) and the vice-president (Dr. Marija Jakubauskiene, Vilnius University, Lithuania) of the EUPHA section on Public Mental Health  in cooperation with the respective universities and with EUPHA. This year`s Public Mental Health summer school was hosted by Vilnius University. The summer school explored the short and long term effects of violence (including suicide) on mental health and the burden of psychopathologies in Europe, supported by mental health research ethics and scientific writing. Public Mental Health Summer school  was attended by participants  from many countries, including Croatia, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK.

We will continue the tradition of the Public Mental Health summer school in 2020 in in Porto, Portugal. The host of this summer school in 2020 will be Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP), Porto, Portugal.