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MEPs adopt strategy on gender equality in mental health

The European Parliament adopted a report laying out a strategy on promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical trials, co-authored by MEP Julie Ward, who is member of MHE Coalition for Mental Health and Well-being in the European Parliament. 

The report calls on the Commission and EU Member States to follow up on the EU Mental Health Compass and Joint Action on Mental Health with a comprehensive strategy which emphasises a psychosocial approach to mental health, taking into account socio-economic and environmental factors. 

Women are far more likely to experience anxiety and depression, and face many more negative mental health determinants than men, such as the influence of media and online pressure, or gender based violence. Men and boys, meanwhile, are more likely to commit suicide or experience drug and alcohol addiction. The report calls for gender to be put at the heart of any future European strategy, including a specific focus on vulnerable groups.

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