The Society and Mental Health Division serves as a forum for mental health research and its application to social problems, advocacy, policy, and practice. Our sessions provide an outlet for presenting and debating research that utilizes diverse theoretical perspectives, employs innovative qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and engages in critical analysis of mental health issues, such as the mental health system and social, economic, cultural, and psychological factors that affect mental health. The Division values and encourages the participation of students and trainees in all its activities.

Division mission statement reviewed in November 2018 by Fernando I. Rivera, University of Central Florida, Society and Mental Health Division Chair, 2017-2019. No edits were made. Division mission statement last edited in 2013 by Richard M. Carpiano, University of British Columbia, Society and Mental Health Division Chair, 2013-2015.