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European Mental Health Week

22-28 May 2023

Mental Health Europe (MHE) is happy to announce that the fourth edition of the European Mental Health Week will be held on 22-28 May 2023.

Stay tuned, more information coming soon!


About the week


All you wanted to know


The European Mental Health Week is a pan-European initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in our everyday lives. Set up and run by Europe’s largest independent mental health NGO Mental Health Europe (MHE), the fourth edition of the European Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 22 May until 28 May 2023.


This week-long online action is a chance for everyone to speak up about all aspects of mental health, share personal stories of how to cope with difficulties in times of crisis and in general, and highlight the need for action.

Why the week




The European Mental Health Awareness Week builds on the long-standing global tradition of celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month in May. In the US, Mental Health Month was initiated by Mental Health America in 1949. It has been celebrated every year since with growing support from the public and policymakers, for over 70 years. In Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association has hosted Mental Health Week during the first week of May for 70 years.  In the UK, Mental Health Awareness Week has been run by Mental Health Foundation on the third week of May for over 20 years.


Our ambition is to promote this positive practice throughout Europe and establish the European Mental Health Week as an annual pan-European mental health campaign celebrating the path to awareness and action.

Why mental health


Mental health is a critical human and societal issue. Learn why mental health matters. 



There’s an urgent need to raise the general public and policymakers’ understanding about mental health, reduce stigma and change behaviours and attitudes. 



We know more about mental health today than ever before. Armed with all the knowledge, progress can be made.  Mental health support must be available for all. 



In recent years, the World Health Organization and other UN agencies, European institutions and health ministries have recognised the urgent need for commitment and action on mental health. When our leaders speak up and take action, we can look towards a brighter future to move towards positive mental health.



More than half 9 million young people in Europe have been negatively affected by the pandemic and these numbers could increase as new crises emerge. Equitable access to mental health care can improve the quality of life for many and especially for vulnerable groups (children, young people, elderly, marginalised groups, etc.). 


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