2016 is drawing to a close and so is my time as Acting Director of MHE, as Maria Nyman will be returning from maternity leave in January. It has been an exciting year of consolidation and growth for MHE, with many highlights along the way. We formulated positions on one of the most urgent issues of 2016, the migrants' crisis, and one of the thorniest, article 12 of the UN CRPD, on legal capacity. We followed up on the Joint Action and Compass, and lobbied for deinstitutionalisation (DI) as a co-chair of the European Expert Group on DI.
We reached out to members and the public in new ways, by holding a number of successful events, producing webinars, toolkits and an animation, and launching our Each of Us anti-stigma campaign, which has been translated into 12 languages.
There are challenges ahead, as the political landscape changes and cuts to mental health services loom over Europe. It’s never been more important to make the case for a social Europe. Through our ethos, work and partnerships, MHE will lead on this.
I’ve loved my time at MHE and will leave with great memories. Thank you to our brilliant and talented team, Ailbhe, Charlotte and Ophelie, our dedicated Board and Special Policy Advisors, and all our members for your contributions, support and friendship.
Wishing you all the best for 2017,