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MENTAL HEALTH EUROPE NEWSLETTER  |  ISSUE N° 4   |    APRIL  2022  
Join this year’s  European Mental Health Week

The countdown has started. Taking place on 9-13 May 2022 under the banner ‘Speak up for mental health’, the European Mental Health Week is a chance for everyone (including families, carers, friends, supporters) to come together and talk about all aspects of youth mental health, share stories of how young people are coping with difficulties and highlight the need for speaking up and breaking the stigma. 

Become part of this pan-European initiative and get involved. There are many ways you can take part, from spreading the message, sharing tips, making a commitment to hosting your own events, starting a conversation at home, at school, at work or checking in on the young people in your life and in your network.

Learn how to get involved
 
  More from Mental Health Europe
The European Youth Forum is the official partner for the third edition of the European Mental Health Week

The European Youth Forum (EYF) – the leading the platform for young people in Europe – represents hundreds of youth organisations and the voices of millions of young people. Their actions and work, centred on what matters most to young people, strive to ensure that young people are engaged in political action across all aspects of life. Together with the EYF and the voices of our young people, we invite everyone to speak up for mental health. 

Read it here
MHE supports Children’s rights in the Digital Services Act (DSA)

Mental health professionals, teachers and parents asked for a change to the digital world that was not designed with children’s interests in mind. MHE and 7 other organisations, called for creating a safer digital space where the fundamental rights of all users and especially children are protected. The seven signatories are concerned that in the final stages of negotiation this objective, and children’s fundamental rights, could be undermined.

Read the letter
MHE joins Together.eu as a communications partner 

Together.eu 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 Together.eu-community can organise events and activities and MHE is now listed as a communications partner on this platform.

To the platform
No time to lose: protecting young people’s mental health 

MHE calls for a crucial overhaul in European support for young people's mental health throughout the pandemic and beyond. Read it on Open Access Government.

To the article
MHE Member Andrej Vršanský speaks to Politico Europe about Ukrainian refugees 

MHE Member Andrej Vršanský and CEO for the League for Mental Health Slovakia spoke to Politico Europe about Ukrainian refugees. The trauma faced by the Ukrainian refugees is creating a “crisis on top of a crisis for Eastern Europe”.  He shared that the current capacity of psychosocial services is severely stretched to even cover Slovaks let alone to cover Ukrainians.

Read the Politico Europe article
  
 Updates from institutions and partners

WHO launched the global QualityRights e-training on mental health

WHO launched an online QualityRights e-training initiative to improve the quality of care in mental health and promote people's rights with psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities. The e-training is free, available in 11 languages. 

To the training

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

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. 

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Information exchange on Ukraine with Commissioner Helena Dalli

On the 6th of April, MHE Director Claudia Marinetti attended an information exchange on Ukraine organised by EU Commissioner Helena Dalli. During the meeting, Claudia highlighted the need to prioritise mental health support, mental health training for non-health professionals, rebuilding better and more. 

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EUR 2 million call for mental health assistance to Ukrainian refugees 

The call aims to support the exchange of best practices and to increase awareness and knowledge-sharing in support of Ukrainian and Russian-speaking health professionals working with displaced people arriving from Ukraine. Due to the war in Ukraine, this action will contribute to the mitigation of mental health and traumatic experiences of vulnerable groups.

Read more

The European Public Health Week will be held on 16-20 May 2022

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) is hosting this week to raise awareness about public health and promote collaboration among the public health community in Europe. Thursday 19 May has been dedicated to mental health and invitations are open for hosting or joining one of the activities and events.

Find it here
The European Parliament pushes for a European Mental Health Strategy

MEPs called for a Mental Health Strategy during a plenary debate between the European Commission and Parliament. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, climate change, the socioeconomic crisis and now the war in Ukraine, a European strategy is needed to support the mental health of everyone. The European Commission stated that a plan of action on mental health, linking to the EU NCD Initiative “Healthier Together” is already in the pipeline. 

Plenary session   |   
EU NCD Initiative “Healthier Together”
 In case you missed it   
MelMagazine
The Rise of the Pharma Influence  >>

Euractiv
High stakes for children as DSA negotiations enter final round  >>

Human Rights Watch
Refugees in Europe Need Mental Health Support:  >>

Euractiv

French presidential candidates unified in calls for mental health care reform  >>

The Guardian
Women and young adults propel huge rise in use of anti-anxiety drugs  >>


WHO 
Global launch of the WHO QualityRights e-training on mental health  >>

Sage Journals
Improving human rights in mental health takes more than just changing the law: An audit of medical assessments in regional community patients in Queensland  >>

Washington Post
‘A cry for help’: CDC warns of a steep decline in teen mental health  >>


Mad in America
Capitalism and the Biomedical Model of Mental Health  >>

Validity
Long-awaited ban on cage beds in psychiatric institutions enters into force  >>


Mad in America
Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality of Life  >>


Frontiers in Psychology
Uses of Energy Psychology Following Catastrophic Events  >>


Post Magazine 
Review |  Why, in Covid-19 era, bestselling ‘trauma bible’ is more relevant than ever  >>


New York Times 
A Private War: Why PTSD is Still Overlooked >>

 Calls, events & opportunities  
 

EU4Health
The first wave of EU4Health calls 2022 includes mental health, the total budget amounts to €107.3 million and the | Deadline for applications is 24 May 2022, 17:00 CET

The EU Health Policy Platform
 Annual meeting  | 4 and 5 May 2022


EU Health Award Ceremony, kicking off the Annual Meeting on 4 May
 Annual meeting  | 4 May 2022 

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