Mental Health Europe Newsletter | Issue n°6 | June 2016
A word from...Akiko Hart, MHE Acting Director
Dear colleagues,

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum. Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit. Initial analysis is that voters in the UK - although not in Scotland - were more convinced by arguments about immigration than by the economic ones. In terms of what happens next, it is important to recall that the ball will be in the UK’s court, nothing happens automatically. The UK Government will need to decide its tactics on whether and when to activate the article 50 mechanism in the Treaty for a country that wishes to leave the EU.

But what does this mean for the rest of the EU? Will it impact MHE’s work? In the longer term, with the UK no longer there to oppose the EU in the health and the social fields, it may create new opportunities for a more ambitious EU agenda. On the other hand, it may open the door to other EU leaders to rethink their role in the EU.It is time for the European Union to focus on its strengths and recall it is not only about trade and currency, but also about peace, cooperation, and advancing social rights. MHE hopes EU leaders will show firm commitment and leadership in starting a wider reflection on the future of the EU.
MHE News & Policy Work

MHE video on Article 12 of the UNCRPD

Mental Health Europe has just published its new animated video on ‪Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which seeks to explain what legal capacity is all about. Let's not forget that everyone has the inherent right to make their own choices including people with psychosocial disabilities.

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MHE live webinar on the UN CRPD review process

Have you missed our live webinar on the review process of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Or would you like to watch it again? You can now watch the entire video on youtube. This was the first webinar of our 2016 series.
Watch webinar
MHE Strategic Priorities for 2016-2019

MHE is pleased to share with you its top priorities for 2016-2019. Although MHE continues to push for mental health in all policies, it is crucial for the organisation to set key objectives and priorities that give more consistency to our advocacy work. Each priority is represented by a logo that you will find in all MHE official documents so to identify each priority in MHE's work. 
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MHE Joint Press release on Country Specific Recommendations
The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) published in a joint press release in reaction to the publication of the Country Specific Recommendations. The EEG calls on the European Commission to   safeguard    adequate    investment    in community -based services in Country Specific Recommendations.
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Mental Health Europe becomes co-chair of the EEG

MHE has been in involved in the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) since its inception and continues its work towards deinstitutionalisation across Europe. From June 2016 to June 2017 MHE will be the co-chair of the EEG.
News from institutions and other bodies
EEA and Norway grants: mental health as a European Public Health Challenge

The EEA and Norway Grants represent funding from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. A total contribution of €2.8 billion has been agreed for the funding period 2014-2021. A public consultation on the draft ‘Blue Book’ containing the agreed priorities for the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 was just launched. Page 17 of the draft Blue Book mentions mental health as an area of support under the “European public health challenges” programme. We encourage members to participate in the consultation-  open until 8 July 2016.
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UN Independent Expert publishes end of mission statement

The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt , Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky ended his official visit to the EU earlier this month. The main objective of his mission was to analyse the impact of the financial crisis on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights in EU countries.  MHE was able to meet Mr. Bohoslavsky together with other members of civil society including members of the Alliance against disability cuts of which MHE is a member.

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Facebook launches a worldwide Suicide Prevention Tool

Mental Health Europe welcomes the launch of Facebook’s suicide‬ prevention tool in ‪Europe and everywhere else, and encourages Facebook users to use these tools if needed. So far, the tool was limited to English speaking countries. Today, however, the tool will encompass all Facebook users from around the globe.We are pleased to see that the tool's focus is on ‪community‬ support and help.
Métis European event in Geneva, Switzerland

MHE European member organisation Métis Europe will organise a conference in Geneva on October 7th. The event will seek to find solutions on how to improve the inclusion of young people going through difficult times through more effective intervention systems. The event will be held in French. For more information please contact Mètis Europe Director Mr Deniau.
Each of Us campaign featured in Le Bulletin

The Each of us campaign was featured in The Bulletin Magazine   the English speaking magazine of the expatriate community in Belgium. Find out more about the campaign’s main objectives and what we hope to achieve .

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Save the Date: 10th October 2016 (WMHD) - MHE Event in the European Parliament

As every year, World Mental Health Day will take place on October 10th. This year MHE will organise a special event in the European Parliament "World Mental Health Day: Mental health and young people in the digital age: addressing risks, seizing opportunities". The EU institutions, civil society as well as companies such as Facebook will be represented. Please mark the date in your agenda, the invitation will follow in the coming weeks.
MHE at the Disability High Level Group

MHE attended the Disability High Level Group organised by the European Commission which gathers the disability experts from all the Member States and disability organisations at European level. MHE presented the work we did last year on the UN CRPD. It was also the opportunity to hear from a number of Member States who have recently ratified the UN CRPD (Congratulations to Finland and the Netherlands!). We also received an update from Ireland who will  hopefully be the last to ratify later this year. 
Update on MHE's work on ICD-10 work

Through the work of its BBP Taskforce, MHE continues to work extensively on the ongoing revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD 10). Further to the publication of MHE's position paper on the ICD10, MHE just released an analysis  of the online survey that was organised from December to March to explore people's thoughts on the issue. Translations of the ICD-10 Call to Action are also available in 4 languages (French, Greek, Italian, German).
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MHE at the Strategic Dialogue meeting

On 8 June, MHE attended a Strategic Dialogue meeting in the context of the Civil Dialogue that we have with DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Along with other members of civil society we discussed how the Civil Dialogue had been working and the way forward for the future. We also talked about the new proposed ‘Social Pillar of Rights’ which we wrote about in our last newsletter. This session enabled civil society to voice some concerns as well as hopes for the Social Pillar with a focus on the social acquis and how they can be improved to ensure that the Social Pillar is robust and actionable.
9th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the CRPD

The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the CRPD was  held from 14 to 16 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. The overarching theme of this year's session was "Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind". The sub-themes are: i) Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities; ii) Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities; iii) Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development; and iv) Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD.
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Members' Spotlight
A new successful edition of the Mad Pride in Paris

Have you heard of the ‪Mad Pride‬ before? In many European cities but also in the US and Canada, thousands of people have gathered on Saturday 11 June for the Mad Pride to show there is no shame to have mental health‬ problems and to say no to stigma. Our member organisation Advocacy France was represented at the Mad Pride in Paris. Have a look at some pictures by the French photographer Pierre Gauderon taken at the Parisian Mad Pride and featured in StreetPress magazine HERE.
Funding opportunity for our Belgian members

The Belgian Foundation Roi Baudoin has an ongoing call for projects for strengthening mental health organisations in Belgium. The project aims at supporting organisations with recovery-based approaches. We invite our Belgian members to have a closer look at the call . The deadline is 18th July.
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This publication is supported by the European Union Programme for Rights, Equality and Citizenship. 
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