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MENTAL HEALTH EUROPE NEWSLETTER  |  ISSUE N° 5   |    MAY  2022  
2022 European Mental Health Week: Thank you for supporting our call to speak up for mental health! 
   
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's edition of the European Mental Health Week. This awareness campaign and action took place successfully across Europe. Together with our members and partners, we have rallied to speak up for mental health and shone the spotlight on youth mental health as a high-profile societal issue now and in the foreseeable future.

We are also honoured and grateful that this year's Awareness Week received the patronage of the European Parliament - a recognition that youth mental health matters. 

Let's remember that it's not just one week. Mental health affects all of us at every stage of our lives. Everyone needs and deserves access to mental health care. All year round, we must continue to break down stigma and other barriers to good mental health through education, conversation and legislation step by step. Let's continue working together to shape a brighter future for our young people.
 

Our mission is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in Europe for all. We cannot do it without you. Thank you once again for your support! 

A quick review of the 2022 European Mental Health Week
 
  More from Mental Health Europe
The 2022 European Mental Health Week took place successfully from 9 to 13 May

With the support of MHE’s members, partners and supporters, the third edition of the European Mental Health Week was held successfully. Millions of people from Europe and across the globe joined our plea to ‘Speak up for mental health’. The European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides gave a special video address reiterating the importance of youth mental health. Although the week is over, our work continues with a set of urgent policy recommendations calling on both European and national decision-makers to take action. 

Watch video address by the Commissioner
MHE released urgent policy recommendations to support young people’s mental health

MHE laid out three key policy areas where significant action must be undertaken by the European Union and its Member States to secure a healthy future for our young people. Such transformational system change will require joint action to ensure adequate prevention of mental health problems, meaningful empowerment and active engagement of European youth in the decisions taken regarding their mental health, and targeted mental health support at every stage of life. 

Read MHE's policy recommendations
MHE launched a ‘Short Guide for Young Adults on Mental Health’

In the fifth instalment of Mental Health Europe’s (MHE) Short Guide Series, the ‘Short Guide for Young Adults on Mental Health’ was released during the European Mental Health Week.  This resource aims to support young adults take control of their own mental health journey. A condensed version is also available together with a social media kit to support and engage a younger audience. 

Access the Short Guide for Young Adults on Mental Health
MHE re-released the Words Matter Infographic and Social Media Kit

During European Mental Health Week 2022, MHE re-released the ‘Words Matter’ Infographic together with a Social Media Kit encouraging young people to feel unashamed by conversations around mental health. 

Find the 'Words Matter' Infographic and Social Media Kit
  
 Updates from institutions and partners

Statement by Commissioners Stella Kyriakides and Jutta Urpilainen: Towards a new EU Global Health Strategy

At the G7 Health Ministerial, the two Commissioners together called on all stakeholders to join in developing and implementing the new EU Global Health Strategy. The Sustainable Development Goals need to be put back on track. The time has come to address inequalities and advance towards universal health coverage. 

Read the statement 

European Parliament resolution of 5 April 2022 on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2023 budget 

The resolution highlighted the need to boost the EU economy, health programmes, and supporting the young and stated that the COVID-19 crisis has put public health systems “under unprecedented stress and has exacerbated existing challenges”, while also causing “a severe negative impact on young people, their employment prospects, working conditions and mental health”. 

Read the resolution
The European Union has made digitalisation in healthcare one of its top priorities and has launched a European Health Data Space

Digitalisation and data sharing are now seen as key tools for public healthcare systems. This interconnected database aims to facilitate access to patient health information and ensure continuity of care, even if they are in another European country.

Read more
Fleeing Ukraine - Access to healthcare in the EU 

People arriving from Ukraine should be given broad access to sickness benefits and be affiliated to the public health care system of the host Member State. Ukrainian healthcare workers can play a key role in meeting new needs if their qualifications are swiftly recognised.

Read more
UNICEF released the report ‘The State of the World's Children’.

The State of the World’s Children 2021 examines child, adolescent and caregiver mental health. It focuses on risks and protective factors at critical moments in the life course and delves into the social determinants that shape mental health and well-being.

 
The European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education debated the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.

On 17 May, the Committee debated the impact of COVID-19 closures of educational, cultural, youth and sports activities on children and young people in the EU. 

Watch the debate  |  Read the report
The European Commission and the WHO discuss mental health aid for Ukrainians.

For the first time, the mental health of Ukrainians and those in exile was at the heart of discussions at the WHO mental health coalition meeting on Wednesday 4 May. This meeting was attended by EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

Read more
The Conference on the Future of Europe concluded its' work

The report on the final outcome of the Conference, including 49 proposals, with several emphasizing mental health, were presented to the Presidents of the three institutions on 9 May 2022. Objectives included measures such as improving the understanding of mental health issues and ways of addressing them.  An EU Action Plan on mental health should be developed, that would provide a long term Mental Health Strategy, and the setting up in the near future of a dedicated European Year of Mental Health.  

Read the report
A special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned and recommendations for the future.

This special committee has been set up in the European Parliament to look into how the European response to the pandemic and the lessons learned can contribute to future action in a variety of EU policy areas. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament has established a number of measures to contain the spread of the virus and to safeguard the Parliament's core activities.  

Read more
 In case you missed it   
WHO Europe
First meeting of the WHO/Europe Mental Health Coalition – From debate to action   >>

Euractiv

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine  >>

EPHA

Humanitarian Mission in Romania and Ukraine: providing mental health services and combating social exclusion  >>

UNDP
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Still Overlooked in Peacebuilding, Says New UNDP Guidance  >>

Health Europa
2022 European Mental Health Awareness Week: Speak up for mental health  >>

Euractiv

Impact of pandemic on children’s mental health to be surveyed in France  >>

WHO Europe 

Involving older people in creating urban spaces for mental health promotion  >>

The Conversation
Psychologists are starting to talk publicly about their own mental illnesses – and patients can benefit  >>

Health Europa
How can we improve young people’s mental health?  >>

The Conversation
Mental health: new study finds simply believing you can do something to improve it is linked with higher wellbeing  >>

Malta Independent
9 million people between 15 and 30 years of age in Europe suffer from mental health problems  >>

Open Access Governement 
Research on nature and mental health lacks ethnic diversity  >>

The Bulletin 
European Mental Health Week: Focus on youth for third edition 9 to 13 May  >>

UN
UNICEF highlights devastating mental health dangers for Ukraine’s children  >>


Independent
Look after your own mental wellbeing  >>

 Calls, events & opportunities  

European Commission
Solidarity with Ukraine: European Commission will provide €248 million to support the Member States welcoming those fleeing the war. 

End Institutionalisation: Let's Amplify Our Voices!
ENIL and the The Global Coalition on Deinstitutionalisation (GC-DI) will be running events to encourage the participation in the consultations. The first event will be held on 2 June at 14:00 CEST

EU NCD Initiative
EU NCD Initiative, European Commission Meeting Healthier Together  |  10:30 CEST,  3 June 2022

EU-OSHA 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) Exchange of good practices in occupational safety and health (OSH) | 13-14 June 2022

ONE
ONE – Health, Environment, Society – Conference 2022 | 21-24 June 2022 

EPF
The European Patients’ Forum (EPF Congress 2022): Continuing the conversation on digital transformation | 23-24 June 2022

UN
The CRPD call for public consultations on the Draft Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation, including in emergencies  | Deadline: 30 June 2022

European Commission
The 2023 Stakeholders' Targeted Consultation on EU4Health priorities, strategic orientations and needs is
open until 27 June 2022

EHFG
European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) 2022 A moonshot for a true European Health Union – if not now when?  |  27-29 September 2022
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