Mental Health Digest


Welcome to the Mental Health Digest! This bi-monthly newsletter is a members-only resource for Mental Health Europe's members. It gathers articles, policy news, academic research, advocacy tips, funding opportunities and things from around the web and social media that might be interesting and relevant to your work. See how it works here

In this issue, you will find information on financial support allocated by the EU Commission for mental health assistance of Ukrainian refugees, ways you can support the 2022 edition of European Mental Health Week, upcoming events, funding opportunities and more.

The Mental Health Digest welcomes contributions from all our members. The dedicated members’ space on the MHE website offers you an opportunity to share your latest updates, publications and materials with the network. You can send your updates to MHE Communications Team via . We would be delighted to highlight your work in the next issue! Please note that sharing does not necessarily mean endorsing.

With best wishes,
The MHE Team

Focus on 

What can members do in the lead up to the European Mental Health Week

MHE Members can do plenty of things to make this year’s campaign an even bigger success than in previous years. Start sharing the Awareness Week on all your social media channels and invite your network to join this year. You are invited to start using the EMHW 2022 Campaign Visuals and you may start by retweeting this Twitter post. The supporting Engagement Toolkit is also ready for you with details including messages, hashtags, etc. Will you start to speak up for mental health? 

Members' Corner

Following the Annual General Meeting, Sanna Vesikansa from Mental Health Finland and The Finnish Central Association for Mental Health will replace Sanni Lehtinen in MHE Board of Directors.

Welcome, Sanna!
Co-creation Task Force – Call for expression of interest

To apply, all you need to know can be found in the Terms of Reference & Form document. To join the Co-Creation Taskforce, please complete and send back the form (page 3 of the document) by 30th April.  For further details or questions, please contact Liuska Sanna:
2nd Member-Intro Meeting - 7 April 2022

Watch the webinar led by our members Pro Mente Austria and Human Foundation, Poland: part I HERE and part II HERE.  Find their presentations HERE and HERE.
MHE Glossary

MHE is developing a new updated MHE Glossary. Members have the opportunity to share feedback on the current glossary and make suggestions for additional terms or changes via this google form. Completing the form will take 15-30 minutes. Alternatively, feedback can be shared by phone or e-mail. In this case, please reach out to Vivian Hemmelder: / +31-625558568.
Data on impact of Ukrainian refugees’ migration on mental health services

Aiming to give support to the mental health of refugees, MHE Members are invited to share data/internal forecasts about how the Ukrainian refugee migration is likely to impact mental health services, particularly in the most affected countries. For example, how much is demand expected to increase, how much of a capacity shortfall is expected in terms of mental health professionals, and any other useful metrics. You may forward any information by email to:
Survey on membership activities

Many ambitious activities have been set in the new Membership Strategy 2022-2025, but success can only be guaranteed if our members are active and engaged (within the limits of their capacity). We are keen on members getting the most out of MHE membership. With this in mind, please complete the survey to share your thoughts and to enable us to gauge your interest.

Other Highlights

EU Commission allocates €9 million for mental health assistance of Ukrainian refugees

After multiple exchanges with the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, MHE is glad to see that the European Commission has mobilised €9 million from the EU4Health Programme to assist people fleeing Ukraine in urgent need of mental health and trauma support services. This additional EU funding will allow non-governmental organisations to support healthcare professionals to carry out their work. It will also provide mental health services in the form of psychological first aid, triage, psychological trauma support, and counseling to refugees in their own languages. MHE hopes that further funding will be allocated for medium- and long-term needs of individuals and communities too, besides the initial trauma-informed support.
Read more
EPHA calls on the international community, the EU, and member states to protect the health of all people affected by the crisis in Ukraine

As a European member-led organisation made up of public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups, EPHA stands by its members and partners and calls for an immediate cessation of violence.  
To the call
WHO QualityRights e-training on mental health

On 12 April, WHO launched the online QualityRights e-training initiative to improve the quality of care in mental health and to promote the rights of people with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities. The e-training is free, available in 11 languages, and covers: taking care of one’s own mental health; supporting friends, family and colleagues with their mental health; tackling stigma, discrimination, abuse and coercion in mental health services; and taking action in support of the transformation of mental health services towards a person-centred, rights-based recovery approach.
QualityRights e-training
MHE joins as a communications partner is a pan-European community launched by the European Parliament to encourage everyone to participate in democracy and collaborate with civil society organisations. Members of the can organise events and activities and MHE is now listed as a communications partner on this platform.
To the platform
Role of the EU funding in supporting deinstitutionalisation: A Call for Change

What’s the role of the EU in supporting the deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities? There is a need for clear guidance and criteria on CRPD compliance and involvement of persons with disabilities. This is A Call for Change. Read the European Disability Forum (EDF) and European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) report.
To the report

Your Headlines 

 Mental Health Ireland launched its new strategic plan 2022-2025 “Mental Health for All: Hope, Strength & Action”. Martin Rogan, CEO,  invites you to browse, download, share and feedback. The strategy can be found here

  "Hello, How Are You?" is a new mental health initiative developed and managed by Mental Health Ireland. The campaign is about connection and engaging in open conversations about mental health. It asks individuals, communities, workplaces, friends & family to say Hello and ask ‘How Are You?’ in a meaningful way. To the campaign.

  Clubhouse Europe released a video series, including one about the Basaglia law, the community-based approach. To the videos.

  ADHD Europe has released their 2021 Annual Report.

 The Annual General Assembly of the National Association of Psychiatry will take place on Saturday 23 April. The event will see the election of Chairperson for the association. An overview of the candidates available here

Press Review

In Other News

Academic Corner



Upcoming Events

  • 29 April 2022 | 11.00 to 12.30 CET | Second Member-Led Webinar on Stigma & Discrimination | ADHD Europe and Steunpunt GG Belgium | Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 878 1442 0359 | Passcode: 768606)
  • 9-15 May 2022 | UK Mental Health Awareness Week | The event will take place in the UK and the focus this year is on loneliness | Mental Health Foundation 
  • 10 May 2022  | A Webinar by the Dutch International Mental Health Hub: Mind our Rights! Children’s Rights and Youth Mental Health. This event takes place during the European Mental Health Week and you can register here.
  • 16  May 2022 | 14.30 to 16.00 CET | Third Member-Intro meeting with Together Albania and Clubhouse Europe | Join us on the 16th of May from  – you will get to know another two MHE members | Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 880 0171 2682 | Passcode: 478653)
  • 16-20 May 2022:  European Public Health Week | Theme: ‘Health throughout the life course’ and topic for Thursday 19 May: ‘No health without mental health’. Organisations, health professionals or ordinary citizens interested in one of the themes are invited to organise their own events during the week. The European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
  • 31 May 2022 | EuroHealthNet Annual Seminar: Growing strong in times of crisis – Investing in wellbeing and health equity for young and old | EuroHealthNet
  • 23-24 June 2022: European Patients’ Forum Congress, Brussels | The biggest event in patient involvement is dedicated to exchanging ideas and good practice in patient empowerment. | European Patients' Forum (EPF)
  • 26 May 2022: Mental health with a #gender perspective. #sexual rights and support networks” | Confederación Salud Mental España

Calls and Opportunities

  • Médecins du Monde - Belgique is looking to hire a Mental Health Coordinator – Slovakia and Hungary, and Western Ukraine | More details 
  • European Disability Forum Call for testimonies - Finding employment as a person with a disability. | More details
  • The European Commission launched the ‘Healthier together’ – EU Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative to support EU countries in identifying and implementing effective policies and actions to reduce the burden of major non-communicable diseases and improve citizens’ health. Deadline: 15 May  | Submit your proposal for a best practice

Funding Opportunities  

First wave of EU4Health calls 2022

Eight calls for proposals under the EU4Health 2022 Annual Work Programme have been published. The topic focus includes mental health. The total budget amounts to €107.3 million, and the deadline for applications is 24 May 2022, 17:00 (CET).| More details


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