The ESSP has 6 main objectives and mission all over Europe
Promote greater understanding of the interactions between individuals and their physical and human environment (including their society and culture), and the impact of these interactions on the clinical expression, treatment of mental and behavioral problems and disorders and their prevention.
Promote mental health through education of health workers, policy makers and decision makers and the community at large
Promote national and international collaboration among professionals and societies in Social Psychiatry and related disciplines
Carry out or promote research that can facilitate the understanding of the interaction between social factors, psychological functioning and mental health or illness
Create partnerships with professionals of other scientific disciplines, international agencies and NGOs working in fields related to social psychiatry
Organize, lead and promote relevant European and other congresses and scientific meetings in Social Psychiatry