Mental Health Digest


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In this issue, you will find information on World Mental Health Day, updates, news, upcoming events, and more. 

The Mental Health Digest welcomes contributions from all our members. Recently, we have created a dedicated members’ space on the MHE website to offer you an opportunity to share your latest updates, publications and materials with the network. You can send your updates to MHE Communications Team via this email. 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


MHE's World Mental Health Day event held successfully on 10 October

The event, co-hosted by MEP Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA) and MEP Estrella Durá Ferrandis (S&D), was opened by European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides who shared her strong personal desire to make mental health a priority in Europe. Commissioner Kyriakides also thanked MHE for our unwavering efforts to improve mental health for all.  Besides the event, MHE also produced several outputs: Facts & Figures video, video testimonials from displaced persons, a press release as well as social media activity to engage our audience on the day. 


MHE's "Mental Health in all Policies" selected by the European Commission 

MHE’s proposal for a Thematic Network on ‘Mental Health in all Policies’ has been selected by the European Commission.  The purpose of a Thematic Network - hosted on DG SANTE Health and Policy Platform and open to all interested stakeholders - is to produce a Joint Statement within six to nine months, summarising the common position of different organisations including a call for action. MHE members are invited to join the networks, follow the exchanges in the EU Health Policy Platform and join upcoming webinars. 
Learn more & join

Save the date: MHE Capacity Building Webinar will be held on 29 November!  

This event will showcase good practices in implementing mental health education activities in different formal education settings and present the benefits and discuss solutions for challenges in delivering such programmes. The Webinar seeks to inspire participants to learn from the experiences of others, thus laying the basis for potential cooperation as well as gathering recommendations that MHE will feed into the activities of the European Year of Education and Training 2023.
Learn more & register

Analysis of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans in the 2022 European Semester Spring Package

MHE Policy team worked on the analysis of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRP), which are temporary instruments aiming to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic with the view to making European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared.
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Blog post by Antonella Bugeja - Personal, ever-changing and ongoing: the journey to recovery

Antonella Bugeja, a 21-year-old advocate pursuing their Masters degree in Neuroscience, submitted a blog post to share their experiences with several mental health diagnoses. Antonella speaks about the path that led to balance, support, self-acceptance and healthy relationships. 
Read the blog post

Other Highlights 

Statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on World Mental Health Day: Mental health is a health emergency 

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides made a statement highlighting that the EU is committed to “playing its part to shine a spotlight on this crucial issue provide stronger mental health support to its citizens, not just on World Mental Health Day, but every day”.
Read the statement
New Lancet Commission report on ending stigma and discrimination in mental health  

The new Lancet Commission report calls for radical action to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health conditions globally.  This Lancet report is the result of a collaboration of more than 50 people worldwide. It brings together evidence and experience of the impact of stigma and discrimination and successful interventions for stigma reduction. MHE Member Guadalupe Morales Cano (Fundación Mundo Bipolar) is one of the authors.

Read the new Lancet Commission report

European Care Strategy and Council recommendations on long-term care

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children (Alliance), of which MHE is part, welcomes the European Care Strategy as a key framework to address the needs of children, their families, and carers. The strategy aims to ensure quality, affordable and accessible care services with better working conditions, gender equality and work-life balance for carers, and to improve the situation for both carers and care receivers.  

Read the position paper
WHO and ILO call for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work

WHO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have called for concrete actions to address mental health concerns in the working population. An estimated 12 billion workdays are lost annually due to depression and anxiety costing the global economy nearly US$ 1 trillion. Two new publications by WHO aim to address this issue ‘WHO Guidelines on mental health at work and a derivative WHO/ILO policy brief’.

Read the policy brief
WHO Guidelines on mental health at work

The new WHO guidelines on mental health at work provide evidence-based recommendations to promote mental health, prevent mental health problems, and enable people living with mental ill-health to participate and thrive at the workplace. These guidelines on mental health at work aim to improve the implementation of evidence-based interventions for mental health at work.

Read the guidelines
New report on the mental health and addiction challenges

Published on 30 September, a new report is now out in Ireland with recommendations to consider the mental health and addiction challenges of people who come into contact with the criminal justice sector.  A multi-agency approach should be taken to rehabilitating and diverting offenders with addiction or mental health challenges away from crime. 

Read the report
WHO Mental Health ATLAS 2020

The Mental Health Atlas, released every three years, is a compilation of data provided by countries around the world on mental health policies, legislation, financing, human resources, availability and utilization of services and data collection systems. It serves as a guide for countries for the development and planning of mental health services. 

Read more

Your Headlines

 Mental Health Reform 
Mental Health Reform is holding an online focus group for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties on Friday, 14th October (12:30pm – 2:00pm). The aim of the focus group is to explore your views about how to consult more effectively with people with mental health difficulties. 

 Mental Health Reform
Mental Health Reform welcomes the allocation of €72.8M for mental health services in Budget 2023. This investment represents the largest ever single-year commitment to funding for mental health services in the history of the state.  The funding includes €44M to maintain existing levels of service and €14M for new measures to support the implementation of Ireland’s national mental health policy. The Government has also announced €15M in once-off funding for mental health services. 

 Mental Health Ireland
Connect Café's being run all over Ireland for World Mental Health Month. Toolkit available to help support in hosting own Connect Café. 

 Penumbra’s new Self-Harm Network Scotland service
Penumbra Mental Health is providing new services to support people who live with self-harm. Working with local partners, the services will include an online portal and three locality-based delivery sites in Dundee, Highlands & Islands and Glasgow.  

 Mind Sweden
Mind Sweden is encouraging people to submit their concerns and worries when thinking about the future.  The objective is to create a society where children, adults and the elderly feel safe and feel well and to encourage politicians to create a more humane society by taking better responsibility for people's concerns and mental health.  

Press Review

In Other News

United Nations Human Rights Council

Experts of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Commend Ukraine on its Commitment to Child Rights, Ask about the Mental Health of Children in Light of the War and the Evacuation of Children with Disabilities.
Mental Health Foundation launches a new 12-project exploring the cost of living and mental health

The insights from the survey and the project will help broaden knowledge about the implications of the increasing cost of living for mental health.
Mental Health Foundation plans to create a library of images 

This library of aims to meaningfully represent "good mental health" and "mental health improvement". The images will ensure that "good mental health" is represented in a way that is meaningful and avoids perpetuating stigma.

Academic Corner


Mental health and the workplace | The Future of Work Podcast

What are the psychosocial risks associated with modern workplaces, and can we make mentally healthy workplaces the new norm? Susanna Harkonen, member of the WHO’s Pan-European working group on workplace mental health, and Nina Hedegaard Nielsen, Chief policy advisor on occupational health and safety at The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, join us to explore how we can improve psychosocial health and safety at work.

Listen to the podcast


Selena Gomez Talks Mental Health in ‘My Mind and Me’ Trailer (Video)

'Only Murders in the Building’ star Selena Gomez is opening up about her mental health struggles in the trailer for Apple TV+‘s upcoming documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me. The documentary follows the Grammy-nominated singer over the course of six years, tracking her mental health journey through her battles with lupus, depression, and anxiety. 

Watch the trailer 

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