Mental Health Europe Newsletter | Issue n°12| December 2016
MHE News & Policy Work

Akiko Hart, MHE Acting Director: A year at Mental Health Europe

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,


MEP Deirde Clune joins MHE's Coalition in the EU Parliament 
MHE is pleased to announce that MEP Deirde Clune (Ireland, EPP) just joined our Coalition for Mental Health and Well-Being in the European Parliament.  She has an interest in mental health in particular treatment gaps, youth mental health and active ageing. Welcome Ms Clune, we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration!
10 things you may want to know about the UN CRPD 10th Anniversary 
On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilites and the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities, MHE has published 10 facts about the UN CRPD and people living with mental ill health. 
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Training: Re-thinking mental health and society 
MHE recently held a mental health training for European NGOs. The training aimed to explore the different existing models of mental health, to raise awareness of the many forms of mental health stigma, prejudice and discrimination, and how we can challenge them. Many thanks to all participants for their interest and active participation. If you are interested in attending this training next year, please contact us.
News from institutions and other bodies
EU Commission publishes report on psychosocial disabilities and employment
The EU Commission just published a report on the Employment Equality Directive and how it supports people with psychosocial disabilities in the workplace. The report explores the definition and scope of psychosocial disabilities and looks more closely at the UN CRPD as an instrument to protect people with psychosocial disabilities regarding employment.  MHE is mentioned for its work on the promotion and protection of the rights of persons living with mental ill health. 
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WHO's collection of case studies on health and wellbeing
The World Health Organization published 101 examples of improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents through intersectoral action. The compedium  offers examples of how to craft and implement intersectoral initiatives and explores why the examples are effective as well as the challenges they faced. It is intended for use across agencies and sectors, including ministries, government stakeholders and public policy-makers.
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Members' News

Member in the Spotlight: the Finnish Association for Mental Health

This month's member in the spotlight is the Finnish Association for Mental Health. Did you know that the FAMH is the world’s oldest non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in mental health? To read more about the organisation and its activities, click the link below. Want to be featured in our Member Spotlight next month? Please contact Charlotte

Member Spotlight

SMES Europa conference in Lisbon: 16-18 March 2017

MHE's member organisation SMES Europa will hold a conference in Lisbon from the 16th to the 18th March 2017 on dignity and well being . The conference aims at exploring solutions to tackle extreme poverty, homelessness and higher risks of mental health problems. Participants are invited to submit case studies to be discussed during the seminar to exchange best practices on how to improve support and services together. More information about the event and registration below. 

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More pilots' mental health checks should not lead to more stigma and discrimination
Following the European Aviation Safety Agency's recent proposal to the EU Commission on new operational rules to better support pilots’ "mental fitness", MHE has welcomed the initiative but called for clarification on certain points of the proposals to prevent any future measures that would lead to employment discrimination. 
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Save the Date: 7th February 2017 

On the 7th February next year, MHE will hold an event on Mental Health & Active Ageing in the European Parliament. The event will be hosted by MEP Deirde Clune. The Irish Minister for Mental Health and other prominent speakers have already confirmed their participation. Do not forget to book the date!

German & Belgian National Platform Seminars 
Every year, MHE supports two members with the organisation of National Platform Seminars in their Member States to discuss national and regional challenges, opportunities and to encourage collaborative working. This year the National Platform Seminars were held in Germany and Belgium. Both events were successful in terms of participation, with interactive discussions and lively debates. 
OECD publishes Health at a Glance Europe 2016 report 
The OECD published the fourth edition of its "Health at a Glance: Europe" report which presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries. The report looks closely at relevant issues for MHE, including mental health in the workplace, bad employment conditions or unemployment impact on mental health as well as the employment disadvantage of people with mental health problems. 
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European Commission launches the "European Solidarity Corps" 
This EU wide initiative will aim to provide 100 000 young people between the ages of 17 and 30 with a volunteering or occupational placement by 2020. The Corps is intended to be mobilised to meet a number of Europe’s challenges and can be deployed to assist with aid and development missions, environmental protection, health support and assistance, or integration of refugees and migration.
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EDF publishes new accessibility guide
European Disability Forum (EDF) recently published a new accessibility guide on the needs of persons with disabilities using public transport. MHE has contributed to the report by sharing expertise on psychosocial disabilities more commonly know as mental ill health. You can find the specific section on psychosocial disabilities page 16 of the report.  
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Tages Onlus develops mental health prevention programes in schools

MHE member organisation Tages Onlus has replicated the Each of Us campaign and  turned it into a series of successful mental health prevention programmes in Italian schools. The programmes are delivered in 3 Italian regions (Tuscany, Veneto, Umbria) and 7 schools. It includes 3 types of interventions dedicated to students, teachers and parents. If you are interested in this project and would like to know more, please contact us. 

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