Mental Health Europe Newsletter | Issue n°5 | May 2016
MHE News & Policy Work
Mental Health Europe publishes its toolkit on the review process of the UNCRPD

MHE recently published its own Toolkit on the review process of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). This toolkit was put together by our policy team to help you understand and contribute to the review process of the UN CRPD.

MHE runs the Brussels 20KM !

Congratulations to the MHE team of runners who crossed the Brussels 20KM finish line on Sunday 29th May. Our six runners can be proud of their performance.  We would like to thank them for running to end mental health stigma this year. MHE would also like to send a special thanks to all who have donated to support our #Eachofus campaign and our team of runners. Go Mental Health Europe!
Update on the Each of us Campaign

The Each of Us "Wall of Stories" is now online: it gathers the personal stories and experience shared by people about their own journey with mental health. Please do not hesitate to spread the word and encourage people to speak up. Also, we are happy to announce that the campaign's description is already available in French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Polish. The translations of the leaflet will follow in the coming weeks!
Wall of stories

MHE comments on the draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy (2017-2023)

MHE recently sent its submission to the Council of Europe Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'  public consultation on the draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023. MHE has read it carefully and  formulated a number of recommendations to the Council of Europe which aim to ensure that the Strategy will more fully respond to some worrying human rights trends in Europe and more comprehensively address the specific barriers that persons with psychosocial disabilities face

MHE Press release on the Country Specific Recommendation

Read MHE press release on the EU Commission proposals for annual Country Specific Recommendations. MHE regrets that this year’s recommendations again mostly overlook the social element of the European Semester and call on the ‪EU‬ to strenghten its social mode. 
UN Consultation on disability inclusive policies

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, is currently preparing a study, to be presented at the 71st session of the General Assembly (October 2016), on disability-inclusive policies. The Special Rapporteur welcomes inputs in accessible formats (Word), in English, French or Spanish, from DPOs to provide information about the right of persons with disabilities to participate in decision-making. Please find the questionnaire in English HERE.

ENVI Committee publishes its opinion on the UN CRPD

As part of the implementation process of the UNCRPD by the EU, some of the European Parliament Committees have published their opinion on the implementation with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has recently published its own opinion that you will be able to find HERE. We have gathered all the opinions already published below, and will share with you the next ones as soon as they are out.

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Zero Project launches call for nomination

The Zero Project launched a call for nominating innovative laws and policies to promote labour market and work environments, which are inclusive and accessible to all persons with disabilities that enable an equal contribution to society. The Project will focus on work, employment, and vocational education and training. Submissions are requested for innovative policies that advance employment of persons with disabilities. Follow this link for further information.
Members' Spotlight
The Guide to Rights in Mental Health

Our Greek member Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health recently published the Guide to Rights in Mental Health (in English) in collaboration  with the Institute of Mental Health for Children and Adults and the Hellenic League for Human Rights. The guide was produced with a team of experienced lawyers, psychologists and social workers as part the "Action Platform for the Rights in Mental Health" project. Click on the link below to read it.
Download the guide
Statement on the long term unemployment recommendation

MHE has just published a statement on the recently adopted Council's recommendation  on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market. MHE welcomes the recommendation and call for greater recognition of the different barriers that  persons who experience long-term unemployment face including persons with psychosocial disabilities. 

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MHE's article on the need for investment in adolescents mental health care

Read MHE's article on the need to invest in adolescents mental health care published in the review Adjacent Government UK. The article outlines the importance of early intervention and prevention for young people when it comes to mental health.
Read article

Free MHE Webinar on the UN CRPD Review Process!

Further to the publication of the toolkit, MHE will hold a live webinar on Tuesday 14th June from 11:00 to 12:30 CET. MHE Policy Manager Alva Finn will give a real time presentation including tips and guidance on the UN CRPD and how to get involved in the review process. You will also be able to ask questions about the Toolkit or the trickier parts of the procedure.
Register now
MEP Julie Ward (S&D) joins the Coalition for Mental Health and Well-being in the EU Parliament
We are glad to announce that MEP Julie Ward  (S&D) joined our Coalition for Mental Health and well-being in the European Parliament. Ms Ward is  a mental health ambassador in the UK and in the European Parliament, and she is committed to promote better mental health for children, young people and women. As you can see from this picture, MEP Julie Ward is also happy to support the #Eachofus campaign. We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.

Position paper on Art.12 of the UNCRPD: feedback appreciated in the coming weeks

MHE is in the process of writing a position paper on article 12 of the UNCRPD. The final paper will be sent to you around the 9th of June. MHE will very much welcome any remarks or feedback. Please contact MHE Policy Manager Alva Finn for further question.
News from institutions and other bodies
What is the social pillar of  rights? European Commission consultation

During our Annual General Assembly in April, MHE mentioned to some of you the newly announced Social Pillar of Rights. Once established, the Pillar of social rights should become a reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating Member States, to drive reforms at national level. We have put together a short explanation that you can find HERE. As the EU Commission has launched a year long consultation to which MHE will respond in the second half of the year, we will be  seeking the views of our membership.  Therefore we invie you to read more about the social pillar in view of submitting your comments after the summer.

Call for support: the Vulnerable project

The Vulnerable project is a EU initiative which aims at increasing our understanding of how best to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations across Europe. The project targets a wide range of groups considered as disadvantaged including people with mental health problems, people living with physical, mental and learning disabilities and the long-term unemployed. Project partners are looking for organisations working with such groups to distribute a questionnaire to appropriate individuals in order to receive some qualitative answers on their experience of health access. Please contact Sascha Marschang (EPHA) for further info.
Download questionnaire
Interested in organising an Erasmus Sport Event?

Our Greek member organisation KINAPSI is looking for partners for a an Erasmus Sport event to be organised in collaboration with EDRA and other NGOs active in the field of mental health in Europe. If you are interested in this project and would like to know more about it please contact Pantelis Sarakiniotis directly HERE.
This publication is supported by the European Union Programme for Rights, Equality and Citizenship. 
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