Mental health is everyone’s concern: Joint statement by 17 European organisations calling for more action on Mental Health in Europe
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Brussels, Monday 13th February- Mental health is everyone’s concern. It is central to all our lives and impacts our well-being, our work, our societies, our families and our economies. We, the undersigned European organisations, are concerned by the mental health of millions of Europeans and we have several proposals about how the services and support they receive can be improved and supported by the European Union.
Mental health is as essential as physical health to well-being, and the partners to this Joint-statement do not want to lose the momentum built up by the European Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-being. Our joint statement urges the EU and Member States to step up efforts to fully implement the Joint Action’s resulting Framework for Action as a priority. The Framework for Action is the first comprehensive European policy on mental health which gathers guidelines and recommendations for Member States.
Maria Nyman, Director of Mental Health Europe said “Mental health is a cross cutting issue, we need to work all together to implore Member States to implement the Framework for Action so it does not become just another document”
More can be done to improve the promotion of positive mental health and access to services in Europe through the mainstreaming of mental health in all policies at European and national levels (through health, employment, and social policies). The Statement was developed by Mental Health Europe and EUFAMI in collaboration with a number of organisations through the EU Health Policy Platform.
Aagje Ieven, EUFAMI Secretary General affirmed “All signatories are committed to taking this statement forward as a framework to work together with the EU and Member States to improve mental health and well-being in Europe.”
EUFAMI is delighted to announce the results of its 22 country major survey on Family Carers. The survey is a result of a collaboration between EUFAMI and LUCAS, the interdisciplinary Centre for Care Research and Consultancy of KU Leuven, and is based on responses from over 1,100 family carers. The full results and report, including 13 reports for 13 of the participating countries can be found at www.caringformentalhealth.org.
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