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2022 European Mental Health Week

9-13 MAY 2022   |   WWW.MHE-SME.ORG/EMHW 

Today marks the start of 2022 European Mental Health Week (9-13 May). This year’s theme ‘Speak up for mental health’ shines the spotlight on youth mental health as a high-profile societal issue now and in the foreseeable future.

In most European countries, mental health problems among young people (15–24-year-olds) have doubled the last two years as a consequence of the pandemic. Young people constitute an especially vulnerable group. Immediate action at European and national level is crucial to address the mental health needs of young people in Europe. Speak up for mental health. Start now.  

This week-long online action is a chance for everyone and especially young people to speak up about all aspects of mental health, share personal stories of how to cope with difficulties in times of crisis and in general, and highlight the need for action.

You can also join Mental Health Europe and its members across Europe for various events, discussions, and activities during the week. From high-level policy webinars to conversations and live sessions on social media – there is something for everyone.

Together with the voices of our young people, we invite everyone to speak up for mental health. Let us shape a brighter future for young people. Their future is the future of our societies/world.

Find everything you need to know here

 This European Mental Health Week, we ask you to try these five things:

1. Spread the word: youth mental health matters

Please help us spread the word about the week by sharing messages and visuals. Mark the week using the hashtags #EuropeanMentalHealthWeek and #SpeakUpForMentalHealth. Like and retweet our posts throughout the week using these hashtags. Spread the word to your followers on social media. The more people hear about the campaign, the better! It only takes a few seconds but can have a lasting impact.

Download our engagement toolkit

2. Attend one of our events

MHE Webinar: Mental Health and Young People 
Thursday 12 May 2022 at 14:30 - 15:30 CEST

MHE will present its policy recommendations at this webinar, take stock of the state of play of young people’s mental health and discuss the actions needed to shape a brighter future for all. Speakers from representative youth organisations as well as young people with lived experience of mental ill health and of service provision are included on the panel.

Programme coming soon
Live stream link

Instagram Live: European Youth Forum 
Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 16:30 - 17:00 CEST

Join the European Youth Forum (official partner for EMHW 2022) for a conversation with MHE's Senior Policy Advisor Dominique de Marnée. Talking about mental health is not always easy. You might want to share your feelings but do not know where to begin. Or you might want to support a loved one but do not know how to approach them. We will discuss how to best start a conversation about mental health and share helpful resources. MHE will release the Short Guide for Young People - a valuable resource to support our youth. 

To join this session, please go to Mental Health Europe's Instagram account and join us live at 16:30 on Tuesday 10 May.

Instagram Live: Conversations on Mental Health - Young Carers 
Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 13:00 - 13:30 CEST

As part of the week, we are organising an Instagram Live to discuss the topic of young carers, a group we believe should have more visibility. We will be joined by Renske Hoefman (researcher) and Inge Romeijn (young carer) to discuss the link between caring and mental health.

Find more information here and join us live at 13:00 on Wednesday 11 May via Mental Health Europe's Instagram account.

3. Tell the world why youth mental health matters

Show your family, friends and networks that you’re getting behind the European Mental Health Week.

We’ve created a shareable, fillable image for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram and for sharing it on your Stories. Please download and share your personal commitment with your own message. Tell the world why youth mental health matters to you.

Please tag Mental Health Europe in any posts you make and use the hashtag #EuropeanMentalHealthWeek. We’ll share your submission on our website and social media.

Download the banners

4. Inform yourself & others

Conversation starters about youth mental health 

Small talk is an important part of human interactions, but often small talk turns into "cold talk". It forces us to speak about light-hearted subjects, although our feelings inside might be heavy. It also contributes to mental health stigma when people fear that talking about mental health might become a burden during the conversation.

Opening up about our mental health is not always easy, even with people we trust. With many of us experiencing mental health difficulties due the pandemic and additional anxieties caused by geopolitical uncertainty, climate change and economic uncertainty, we all need to be helped and show compassion in the ways we can.

These open-up cards aim to encourage people to take the small talk to the next level. Use them with the young people in your life and/or someone you care about to steer the conversation towards the discussions about how they feel. 
Speak up for mental health. Be vocal. It’s ok to not be ok.

Download the cards

5. Raise awareness – update your social profile

Show your support for the week by using MHE's Facebook profile. Since Facebook has removed profile frames, you may use this one on your Facebook profile. This is a simple way to share with your friends that you support positive mental health while raising further awareness.
Download and use as your Facebook profile

Quote of the day 

Thank you for getting involved in European Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. With your support, we can continue to improve mental health in Europe for all.

#SpeakUpForMentaHealth ♥ #EuropeanMentalHealthWeek
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