Employment and deinstitutionalization top agenda at meeting with EU Commissioner
“Although good mental health is important to secure greater economic prosperity, it is also a value in itself regardless of economic outcomes,” said European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg in a bilateral meeting he held with Mental Health Europe (MHE) on September 16.
With Europe facing an increase in mental health problems due to the economic crisis, but also a need to use the potential of its human capital to the full extent, the Commissioner was interested in hearing about the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) method MHE is promoting, a means of getting people with even the most severe mental health problems into quality employment. The Mental Health Europe delegation, which included Acting Director Karina Huberman, Policy Officer Yves Brand and Senior Policy Adviser Bob Grove, also informed the Health Commissioner about Mental Health Europe’s ongoing work in the field of deinstitutionalization.
Mental Health Europe will continue collaborating with the European Commission in all matters related to the promotion of positive mental health across Europe and the protection of the human rights of people with mental health problems. The Commissioner himself encouraged Mental Health Europe to keep the European Commission informed on any developments in our work, and to keep up our fruitful cooperation.
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