Shaping a future EU Mental Health Strategy: priorities and activities
On behalf of the Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing (coordinated by Mental Health Europe) and the MEP Alliance on Mental Health (coordinated by GAMIAN-Europe) we would like to warmly invite you to our joint meeting in the European Parliament, addressing the urgent need to put in place a comprehensive and proactive EU Mental Health Strategy.
As you are of course aware, in previous years, the Commission paid explicit attention to mental health by means of activities such as the 2005 Mental Health Green Paper, the 2008 European Mental Health Pact and the 2013 Joint Action on Mental Health, resulting in a EU Framework for Action on Mental Health; this was adopted in 2016. However, since 2018, the Commission has opted to address mental health as part of its overall activities in the field of chronic disease.
This current lack of specific attention is disappointing, as given its (increasing) prevalence, burden and impact -at individual/family, societal and economic levels- mental ill health needs to be addressed in all its aspects. In addition, mental health needs to be actively promoted.
The meeting has the following objectives:
– Raise awareness of the need for a comprehensive EU Mental Health Strategy
– Raise awareness of the current policy opportunity to develop and implement such a Strategy and widen the MEP support base;
– Bring together all relevant stakeholders involved to explore and discuss the potential content of an EU Mental Health Strategy;
– Identify and agree the most effective advocacy activities moving forward.
Now is the time to ensure that Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides acts on her welcome commitment to become ‘the voice for mental health across the Commission’.