Mental Health Europe Newsletter | Issue n°3| March 2017
MHE News & Policy Work
MHE's webinar on employment for all 
MHE held a webinar on the employment and access to the labour market for people living with mental ill health. The webinar covered a wide range of topics related to the employment of people with psychosocial disabilities. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording below. 
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MHE's reaction to the new EU Return Policies 
The EU Commission recently published recommendations to Member States on the return and detention of migrants and refugees. MHE published a reaction to the recommendations which may encourage detention and forced removals without due consideration for human rights and the impact on the mental health of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 
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The MHE Team at the Accessibility Act Demonstration in Brussels 

The MHE Secretariat attended the European Disability Forum demonstration in Brussels to call for a strong law on accessibility in Europe, including accessibility of services for people with psychosocial disabilities. 

Healthy Workplaces for All Ages event in Brussels

MHE recently attended the Healthy Workplaces Campaign partner event and exchange of good practices in occupational safety and health (OSH) in Brussels. As partner of this campaign, MHE stressed the importance of addressing psychosocial health and safety risks in the workplace.

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News from institutions and other bodies
Booklet of European good practices in mental health and well-being
The EU-Compass consortium recently released its booklet of European good practices in mental health and well-being. This EU-Funded booklet features 21 good practices including the Individual Placement and Support for Employment (IPS), and the promotion of Community Based Mental Health Services. 
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FEANTSA's position on trauma and homelessness
The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) recently published a position on the link between homelessness and trauma. The paper highlights two new approaches to mental health support for the homeless: the trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs). 
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Members' News

Member in the Spotlight: Susret 

This month's member in the spotlight is MHE Croatian member organisation Susret, specialised in psychosocial support and housing services. Read more about Susret's activities and updates in this month's spotlight. Want to be featured in our Member Spotlight next month? Please contact us. 

Member Spotlight

TAGES ONLUS sets up a migration network

MHE Italian member organisation TAGES ONLUS participated in the last European Migration Forum. During the meeting Tages Onlus proposed to set up a network of NGOs working on the issue of education as a primary tool in promoting integration. The network is now set up and interested parties can contact directly Simone Cheli to get involved and/or promote the initiative.

Implementation report of the UN CRPD
For the past year, MHE has been monitoring the progress of the implementation of the UN CRPD at EU level from the perspective of the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities. It is still work in progress and MHE hopes more will be done in 2017. Click below to read more and download MHE's implementation report. 
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A new Chair for the MHE Human Rights Committee 
Kristijan Grdan becomes the new Chair of the MHE Committee on Mental Health and Human Rights. Kristijan is a human rights activist and specialist, currently undertaking research on the performance of biomedical research in psychiatry at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. MHE also takes this opportunity to thank again Guadalupe Morales for her tremendous work as the Chair of the Committee from 2015 to 2017. 

MHE's latest article on migrants' and refugees' mental health 

Read MHE's latest article in Adjacent Open Access on the need to address refugees’ and migrants’ mental health care needs. MHE calls for a European coordinated response to the problem. 

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Civil Society Organisations and European Commission meeting on the Social Pillar

MHE participated in a meeting between Civil Society Organisations and the EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen to discuss the European Pillar of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. MHE Director raised a number of points which led Commissionner Thyssen to reaffirm her commitment to promote integrated mental health and social services for people with mental health problems. 

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OHCHR launches report on mental health and human rights 
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recently launched a report on mental health and human rights at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council. This document is a landmark for mental health and human rights as the first OHCHR analysis that looks extensively at the right to mental health with a post UN CRPD lens. The report deals with many of the topics that MHE is working on.

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FRA report on migrants' torture and trauma 
The European Agency for Fundamental Rights recently published a report warning that Member States fail the migrant victims of torture and trauma by not having systems in place to recognise the ordeals they have suffered and support them on arrival. The report looks at the
 prevalence of torture and trauma among arrivals and available support for victims. 
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Zero Project 2017 Conference 

MHE Vice-President Rita Donabauer (pro mente Austria) represented MHE in the Zero Project 2017 Conference in Vienna. The Zero Project aims at identifying the most innovative policies and practices from around the world that improve the lives of people with disabilities, including psychosocial disabilities. Click below to read more about innovative practices and the outcomes of the event. 

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Mother-turned mental health advocate

Read how our member Regina, from the Polski Instytut Otwartego Dialogu became a mental health advocate. Regina shared her and her son's story in MedTech Europe, speaking about the Open Dialogue as well as MHE's Each of Us campaign.

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This publication is supported by the European Union Programme for Rights, Equality and Citizenship. 
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