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Mental Health Europe (MHE) is delighted to invite you to celebrate the third edition of the European Mental Health Week, which will run from 9 May until 13 May 2022. The theme "Speak up for mental health" will shine the spotlight on youth mental health as a high-profile societal issue now and in the foreseeable future. The time for action is now to show that youth mental health matters.
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Mental health in times of armed conflicts and global crisis

MHE has released a new web page gathering resources for some of the significant mental health challenges being faced by Ukrainians (those in the country and in exile), especially children and young people, and those who are supporting them. MHE is working closely with its members, the European Commission, the WHO, and others to monitor and address the mental health challenges being faced by Ukrainians as well as tips on how to handle the trauma of war from afar.
MHE spoke at an event by the French Ministry for Solidarity and Health, as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 14-15 March, MHE Director Claudia Marinetti spoke on “mental health of vulnerable young people” highlighting the situation and the needs related to the mental health of vulnerable young people in the EU27, and on concrete and priority actions to address these needs. 

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Ukraine conflict: MHE Roundtable of 25 March

MHE held a Roundtable with members on 25 March to gather information about the mental health challenges being faced by people fleeing Ukraine (as well as those remaining or unable to leave the country), and those supporting them in the neighbouring countries and throughout Europe. Members exchanged about the best way of addressing the needs for mental health and psychosocial services. 

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MHE took part in the initial discussion concerning the second EU review by the UN CRPD Committee
MHE’s alternative report on the UN CRPD implementation by the EU was produced in cooperation with its members' experts on mental health and human rights. It sheds a light on the needs and challenges faced by people with psychosocial disabilities and mental health problems in Europe.

Read it here
MHE publishes Slovenian Presidency Scorecard

The Scorecard measures the performance of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July – December 2021) in relation to mental health and the human rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities.

Read the Scorecard
  Updates from EU institutions, international organisations, and allies

WHO Europe 

In response to the war in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis, WHO Europe advocates for a renewed public health approach for migrants' wellbeing to meet the urgent needs of refugees' health, mental health and psychosocial support.

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In response to the ongoing war in Ukraine, members of the Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) have taken several initiatives not to leave behind and expose to further risks to people in need of support. These include initiatives to support children, people with disabilities, homeless people and people experiencing mental health problems in Ukraine.

Learn more
WHO Europe

WHO Europe recently connected over 150 mental health representatives from over half of the WHO European Region’s 53 Member States to ignite action on mental health. MHE’s Director Claudia Marinetti was invited to speak at this 2-day consultation working towards comprehensive reform of the Region’s mental health systems.

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WHO Europe

The European Health Report by WHO Europe takes stock of the progress on Sustainable Development Goals health indicators. The report shows that the pandemic had an unprecedented impact on mental health, with the lowest levels in specific groups such as women and young people. 

Read the report 
WHO Europe 

WHO Europe and the Government of Greece launched a new child and adolescent mental health programme. WHO Europe will continue to work with countries across the Region to strengthen and improve the quality of mental health services for children and adolescents.

Find out more
EU Alliance for Investing in Childen  

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children, of which MHE is part,  released a statement to demand the immediate attention of all EU member states to the delays in submitting national action plans and offer key recommendations on the Child Guarantee and its upcoming implementation. 

Read the recommendations
The European Parliament   

Marking International Women’s Day 2022. the European Parliament started discussing the disproportionate effects that the pandemic had on women, who ultimately faced more unpaid care work, violence and worsened mental health as a consequence of lockdowns and curfews.

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The first international study conducted as part of the Consortium on Refugees' and Migrants' Mental Health (CoReMH) work has been published. The study deals with mental health in the transit context, and questions whether MHPSS interventions should be rethought and adjusted in accordance with different characteristics of the transit-specific characteristics.  

To the study
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch released a report focusing on mental health implications for Afghans who were evacuated to France over the past months and the challenges in finding psychosocial support services. It includes some lessons learned concerning the provision of psychosocial support for people seeking protection. 

The report in EN
| The report in FR
European Public Health Alliance 

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) calls on the international community, the EU, and member states to protect the physical and mental health of all people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

To the call
The Step-By-Step Project 

This project aims to empower Men’s Mental Health by encouraging men to undertake healthy and active engagement in the labour market through men sheds. 

Final evaluation report
 In case you missed it   
Relief Web
Mental Health During Wartime: Lending a Hand to People Fleeing Ukraine  >>

The Conversation 
News of war can impact your mental health — here’s how to cope  >>

Sapien Labs
Mental State of the World Report   >>

The Guardian 
Prioritise mental health support for Ukrainians arriving in UK, experts say  >>

NY Times 
A General Fights to Destigmatize Mental Health Issues: ‘There’s a Shame if You Show Weakness’  >>

Mad in America
The Fortress of Mental Health Services  >>

Harvard Business Review 
How Organizations Can Support Women’s Mental Health at Work  >>

The British Medical Journal 
England saw record 4.3 million referrals to mental health services in 2021  >>

Open Access Government 
Scalable and accessible mental health for all  >>
The Wallstreet Journal
‘Healing’ Review: More Help for Mental Health, Please >>
The British Medical Journal
The illusion of evidence-based medicine  >>

 Calls, events & opportunities  

Global Launch of the WHO QualityRights e-training to advance mental health, eliminate stigma and promote community inclusion. The event will include interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, international signing and captioning | 15:00-16:30 CET | Tuesday, 12 April 2022 

UCL Seminar Series in Children and Young People’s Mental Health, intended to spark fresh thinking & debate, featuring cutting-edge UCL research & facilitating new connections between scientists | Wednesday, 20 April 2022


The Summer Training Course for Young Patient Advocates 
This course is tailored for young patients or representatives of young patients, providing the space to dive deeper into the delicate topic of sexual health and well-being for young people with chronic conditions. | Deadline for applications: 15 April 2022 


The Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Annual Conference 2022
The event will take place between 
Wednesday 6th July and Friday 8th July 2022 in Cumberland Lodge, Windsor | Deadline for submissions: 8 April 2022

 Voices from the ground  

Support Girona | OST - Eastern University of Applied Science 
First Member intro meeting - Support Girona (Spain) and OST –  Eastern University of Applied Science – Competence Center for Mental Health (Switzerland) held interesting exchanges about supported decision-making, work on projects, UN CRPD compliant mental services and more.
Learn more

Penumbra Mental health 
Penumbra’s brand discovery journey is told through a series of powerful films featuring extraordinary people who share their own lived experience journeys.

Watch the series

Mental Health Ireland 
Mental Health Ireland launched a National Mental Health Promotion campaign ‘Hello, how are you’. Aiming to encourage connection and engaging in open conversations about mental health, the campaign asks individuals, communities, workplaces, friends & family to say Hello and ask the question ‘How Are You?’ in a meaningful way.
To the campaign

Skin - mental health platform 
“Skin - mental health platform”, Bulgaria, started a free mental health support campaign for the people directly affected by the war in Ukraine. The foundation launched a centralised platform for consultation requests in Ukrainian, English and Bulgarian.
To the platform

Public Health Scotland 
Public Health Scotland has established a Mental Health Indicators project to make relevant data more accessible to local and national users. These outputs support the use of data to improve population mental health. 
Check  out the project

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9 March 2022

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8 March 2022

 Wellbeing Tip of the Month 
Looking after your mental health in times of armed conflicts and global crisis

Our #MentalHealth tip

MHE released a guide with tips on mental health in times global crisis

As news about the Ukraine conflict dominate headlines, MHE released 6 tips on how to take care of your mental health during these challenging times

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