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Welcome to EUFAMI's news pages. EUFAMI aims to improve conditions for those with mental illness, and to remove the negative perception and stigma surrounding mental health through the provision of accurate and relevant information. Here you will find all the news relating to EUFAMI and mental health, including the latest campaign updates, press releases and EUFAMI's newsletter.


Press Release - Joint Statement on Mental Health



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.”

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Policy Traineeship

We offer creative applicants the chance to get to know the world of EU lobbying “on the job”. The work of EUFAMI takes place in an exciting European environment. The main focus is to promote the interests of families affected by mental ill health towards the European Institutions and the World Health Organisation. This implies monitoring and analysis of EU and WHO policies, policy writing, representation and working through various communication channels. Part of a team of 3 staff and 2 trainees, you will also have the chance to work closely with the Secretary General providing personalised administrative support in a well-organized and timely manner.

You can find a full description of the role, a person specification and the application procedure here

@BULLETIN NO 9 – October 2016

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World Mental Health Day
On the 10thof October, World Mental Health Day, we published our annual Special Editio @-Bulletin detailing our members’ activities in celebration and the online course Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia” developed with King’s College, was launched for the third time. You can still acces it.

WHO launches Let’s Talk about Depression
Also on the 10th, the WHO launched its one-year campaign to reduce stigma and improve discussion on mental health, in order for more people suffering from depression to seek help. EUFAMI is concerned about the growing number of family caregivers suffering from depression.  Our C4C survey shows families need more support to maintain their own mental wellbeing. 

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@BULLETIN NO 10 - November 2016

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EUFAMI receives UPA Recognition Award
We are very proud to announce that EUFAMI received the UPA (United to help) recognition award that honours people and organisations who play a leading role in the fighting against mental ill health stigma and discrimination. Vice President Martine Frager-Berlet accepted the award on behalf on EUFAMI from Filipa Palha on November 26th during ENCONTRAR+SE’s 10th Anniversary celebratory charity dinner.

Endorse our Joint Statement on Mental Health at EU Health Policy Platform
EUFAMI, together with Mental Health Europe, developed a joint statement on mental health which our Secretary General presented to the EU Health Policy Forum on Monday Dec 5th. The paper highlights the need for parity of esteem and a lifecourse perspective on mental health, as well as the importance of attention for mental health at work and in primary care. We invite you to comment on and endorse this paper, addressed to health policy stakeholders and the EC.

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Help us get more policy attention for mental health and asylum seekers

Help us get more policy attention for mental health and asylum seekers!!!

EUFAMI is working with GAMIAN-Europe to find support for a European Parliament Written Declaration on mental health and asylum seekers. A Written Declaration is a tool that Members of the European Parliament have to underline their interest in and the need for action for a certain topic. It needs the support of the majority of Members (376 signatures)  in order to become adopted as a formal Parliamentary document.

This Written Declaration was prepared as it is felt that there is too little awareness of and attention for the mental health risks and challenges faced by asylum seekers being traumatized by the situation they are fleeing from, the threats and horrors faced on their journey to the destination countries and the rejection and lack of inclusion and opportunities (in many cases) when arriving in their destination countries. Policymakers across the EU aware should be more of the fact that this is a real and serious issue which needs to be taken into account in any effort to address the situation of asylum seekers and their integration in their host countries and communities.

We need your support with getting the Written Declaration formally adopted: we would like to urge you to write to the Members of the European Parliament from your countries to call on them to sign the Written Declaration.

For the Written Declaration (available in all EU languages) and the form MEPs need to sign click here.