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MHE’s work is shaped by our core values which include independence, human rights, transparency, self-determination and recovery. These values guide the messages we convey, through our policy work, to the European institutions and other international bodies.

Our policy work takes different form: consultation with the European institutions, organisation of events, responses to public consultations, publications of position papers and press releases, creation of coalitions, participation in European projects, participation in European alliances, collaboration with other NGOs...

At MHE we advocate for:

1. The human rights of people with mental health problems to be respected within the European Union

  • People with mental health problems should have the same inalienable rights as all other citizens in the European Union; these rights should be respected in all Member States of the EU
  • The EU and all Member States should have good mechanisms and institutions in place to signal and act upon violations of human rights of people with mental health problems.
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should be ratified and implemented in every Member State of the EU.

2. Destigmatisation and social inclusion

  • European citizens should know and accept that they and their fellow citizens may develop or have mental health problems at any time in their lives.
  • People with mental health problems should have no financial, institutional or social barriers to live and work in their local communities and join local activities. If needed, they should have professional support to fulfill their roles in their families, workplaces, social networks and society with a high degree of personalisation whenever possible.

3. Accessible, affordable and good quality mental healthcare

  • As promotion of positive mental health and well-being and the prevention of mental health problems are key to keeping mental healthcare affordable and accessible, early detection and interventions should be common practice in all Member States of the European Union. (e.g. in schools and at workplaces). • All citizens of Europe with mental health problems should have the right to be treated and supported by professionals who act in accordance with the most up-to-date insights into science and practice. Shared decision-making should form the basis for the equal relationship between users and all healthcare workers.
  • Health promotion, disease prevention and primary healthcare should be the starting point for evidence-based mental health policy. For most users, mental healthcare can be administered in primary healthcare. However, this is not always enough and effective specialist mental healthcare is necessary in order to provide help for people with severe mental health problems. Whenever possible, specialist care should be delivered on an outpatient basis. Residential care should be offered only when strictly necessary and for as short a period as possible in the context of crisis intervention.
  • Universal access to high quality mental healthcare should be available to all. The costs and quality of mental healthcare are transparent for citizens and policy makers alike. On the level of the EU and Member States, meaningful benchmarks for mental health systems and service providers should be published. Citizens should be well informed and able to choose between different mental health providers.

Have a look at our infographic HERE. 

MHE general contact details

Mental Health Europe

Mundo B- Rue d'Edimbourg 26

1050 - Bruxelles

phone: + 32 2 8930881

email info(at)

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