Mental health is everyone’s concern: Joint statement by 17 European organisations

Joint statement, developed by 17 European organisations through the EU Health Policy Platform, calling for more action on mental health in Europe. 

Mental health is as essential as physical health to well-being, and 17 organisations in Europe have released a Joint-statement to build on the momentum from the European Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-being by urging 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 EU Member States. The Statement was developed by Mental Health Europe and EUFAMI in collaboration with a number of organisations through the EU Health Policy Platform.

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”

The Statement is appealing to the EU to address mental health in an integrated way and provides recommendations on how to ensure:

  1. Parity of esteem, which is the principle by which mental health must be given equal priority to physical health.
  2. A life-course approach to mental health which supports better understanding of mental health for all age groups and transitional times (mental health and pregnancy, mental health and ageing…)
  3. More attention is given to mental health in the workplace which is too often overlooked in occupational health and safety policies.
  4. The improvement of mental health treatment in primary care settings and encouraging more holistic and person-centered approaches to mental health.

To read the joint statement click here. 
Click here to read more on the Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-being.
Click here to read more on the Framework for Action.