Kick-off event DZPG, Munich - Augsburg

On 30 June, professionals, affected persons and relatives met on the topic of "Mental Health" in the St. Vincent House of the LMU Hospital to open the new German Centre for Mental Health (DZPG) at the Munich-Augsburg location.

The aim of the DZPG is to conduct interdisciplinary research into the development and course of mental illness across the lifespan. In Munich-Augsburg, five scientific institutes (LMU Klinikum, Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich, University of Augsburg, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and Helmholtz Zentrum München) will work on earlier, personalised and preventive treatment of mental illness - for the benefit of patients in Germany and worldwide.

With a video greeting by Klaus Holetschek, Bavarian State Minister for Health and Care, presentations by the heads of the respective institutes and a forum with input from the press, politicians, patients and other German Centres for Health, the afternoon passed quickly. Now the real work begins, with the hope that new treatment options for those affected will quickly emerge that will fundamentally change the course of mental illness.




Development of evidence-based transdiagnostic primary care for people with mental illness in primary care.

More than one third of all people in Germany develop a mental illness in the course of their lives. The first point of contact is usually the general practitioner (GP). With an average time window of 7 minutes per patient, it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis and provide adequate treatment. The transdiagnostic approach, which is not diagnosis-oriented but symptom-oriented and offers cross-disease therapy approaches, can help here. Building on this, the STARC (STructured, first-Aid geneRic, psychologiCal interventions) project, funded by the German Centre for Mental Health (DZPG), aims to develop and evaluate a transdiagnostic intervention for the GP setting.

The project is part of the German Centre for Mental Health (DZPG) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which aims to conduct comprehensive research into the development and course of mental and somatic illnesses across the lifespan. The funding for the Munich site started in early summer 2023, consisting of the hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, the Rechts der Isar Hospital of the Technical University Munich (TUM), the University of Augsburg, the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and the Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Dr. Kirsten Lochbühler