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Save the date: European Mental Health Week, 9 – 13 May 2022
Mental Health Europe (MHE) invites you to save the date for the 2022 European Mental Health Week, which will run from Monday 9 May until Friday 13 May 2022. We will be releasing more details about the events and activities in the run-up to the week so please keep an eye on our website for useful guidance and updates.

Mark your agenda and stay tuned!
More from Mental Health Europe
MHE representatives took part in a meeting with European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and her cabinet

On Monday 24th January, representatives from Mental Health Europe including Catherine Brogan (President), Claudia Marinetti (Director), Dominique de Marné (MHE Senior Policy Advisor on Youth) and Fatima Awil (Policy & Knowledge Officer) held a meeting with the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, and her cabinet.

Read more
Euractiv interview with MHE on how the pandemic has especially strained the mental  health of young Europeans

We are seeing a variety of statistics confirming that poor mental health is growing amongst the general European population and specifically in young people since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. MHE’s Laura Marchetti spoke to Euractiv about how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of the youth.

Listen to the interview | View the statistics 
 Updates from EU institutions  and international organisations

European Commission: European Year of Youth

The European Year Of Youth website has gone live and it is now possible to join festivals, workshops, debates, and training sessions across the EU to get engaged and connect with young European fellows.

Visit the website to learn more

European Parliament: Youth in Europe
In a debate on Thursday 20th of January, MEPs discussed the strong and immediate measures needed to secure post-pandemic employment, and to support the social and mental health recovery of young people in the EU, with young people at the centre of this process. A resolution is set to be put forward for vote during the February plenary session. For more information on Youth and the effects of  COVID-19 on their economic and social situation, a detailed study has been released with an analysis of the impact of the crisis on young people. 

Read the study
European Parliament: Gender-based cyber violence 

During a European Parliament debate in December 2021, MEPs adopted a legislative initiative report on tackling gender-based cyber violence with 513 votes in favour, 122 against, and 58 abstentions. The European Parliament resolution Combating gender-based violence: cyberviolence  text underlined the economic and mental health impacts of gender-based violence, such as the experience of anxiety, depression and post-trauma effects, which can have detrimental interpersonal, social, legal, economic and political implications and ultimately affect young people’s livelihood and identity. 

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European Parliament Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)
The European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) held an online event entitled 'Coping with the pandemic: Psychosocial consequences of the corona crisis'. The key topics included the stressors that are contributing to the development of mental health issues during the pandemic and the protective factors that could strengthen resilience and mental health.

Watch the recording 
 In case you missed it   
World Economic Forum
How can we reduce the 'mental load' placed on mothers by the pandemic?  >>

Big Think
Mental health searches on Google reached an all-time high in 2021  >>

European Science Media Hub
Mental health in Covid times  >>

The Lancet Psychiatry
Mental health, human rights, and legal capacity  >>

EU Startups 
Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work: European startups leading the way  >>
The Conversation
How to look after your mental health if you’re at home with COVID  >>

England NHS
NHS launches landmark mental health campaign with ‘Help!’ from The Beatles  >>

The Rolling Stones
Viral ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’ TikToker Sparks Questions About the Internet’s Effect on Mental Health  >>

The New York Post
Psychologists warn against self-diagnosing mental disorders from TikTok videos  >>
HealthCare Global

The continuing rise of physical and mental health trends  >>

Suicide increasing amongst Europe's youth, governments unprepared  >>
Mad in America
How Psychotherapy Can Escape Neoliberalism and the Medical Model  >>

Huffington Post
The Best And Worst Mental Health Takes In 2021  >>

 Calls, events & opportunities  

Тhe British Psychological Society
Early Career Award 2022: The award is given in recognition of outstanding research in social psychology by an early-career scholar and is determined by the submission of a single published paper where the nominee has led that piece of research (e.g., 1st author).  Deadline: 1 April 2022 (11:59pm )
Guidance for nomination

World Health Organisation 
Join the Pan-European Mental Health Coalition - a partnership dedicated to improving mental health across the WHO European Region. It is open to leaders and representatives from governments, civil society and international organisations. 
Application form

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Youthwise, the OECD’s Youth Advisory Board, is made up of exceptional young people aged 18‒30. They bring their perspectives and ideas to the OECD, while also learning about the work of the Organisation and international policymaking. Following a successful first year, the organisation is excited to announce that the call for Youthwise 2022 applications is now open.
Apply here

European Public Health Week
The European Public Health Week (EUPHW), an initiative by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), will take place on 16-20 May 2022.  The event aims to raise awareness about public health and promote collaboration amongst the public health community in Europe. This year’s theme is 'Health throughout the life course' and 19th May will be dedicated to mental health.
Find out more

 Voices from the ground   
Resilience Lunch Breaks
MHE Board Member Paul Bomke will speak on 8 February at ‘Resilience Lunch Breaks’:  This is a new discussion series on mental health in challenging times.  

Find out more

Тhe British Psychological Society
A plan to support 60 per cent growth in the psychological workforce over the next two years has been published. The Psychological Professions Workforce Plan for England was developed with the support of the British Psychological Society
Read more

Mental Health Ireland
Mental Health Ireland has published their New Strategic Plan 2022 - 2024.   The CEO Martin Rogan sends out an invitation to all to browse, download, share and feedback on the new strategy 'Mental Health for All: Hope, Strength & Action'.
Download the strategy

20% of Penumbra's team are employed in Peer Support providing support through their non-medical approach to mental health recovery. The Quality Manager and self-confessed quality geek Julie Rutherford details why the focus on quality and improvement across Penumbra services is so important.
Read the article

Mind Netherlands 
Mind Netherlands published a flyer containing 11 tips for coping during pandemics. The flyer can be requested for free and delivered directly in your mailbox.
Request the flyer

The organisation has also put together a wellbeing toolkit offering tips on managing mental wellbeing during Covid-19. 
Find the toolkit here

Тhe British Psychological Society
The BPS published ‘Microaggressions: A constant and unwelcome companion’. The book highlights 25 common microaggressions that people of colour experience.
Read more

 On Social Media 
‼️Thank you / Merci Stromae for raising much needed public awareness about mental health! 👏

L'Enfer is a new song by Belgian musician Stromae: a song about loneliness and suicide released  on French TV channel TF1. 👇

🖥 🎶

Merci encore et bravo. Le monde a besoin de stars comme vous !

— Mental Health Europe  
13 Jan 2022
Our article 'Caring for those who care for us' has been published by Open Access Government and you can read it here

MHE calls for action to curb the prevalence of mental distress amongst frontline health workers.

— Mental Health Europe 6 Jan 2022
Wellbeing tip of the month
Coping with stress during the pandemic

Our #MentalHealth tip? 

Follow a daily routine:

Coming up with a structured plan for each day with clear boundaries between your working and private life will give you a sense of control amidst the uncertainty. 

See more tips
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