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Our latest Position Papers

26 September 2023

Towards a Roadmap on Digitalisation in Mental Health for Transforming Mental Health Systems in the WHO European Region

MHE emphasised the importance of a human rights framework, a psychosocial model for mental health understanding, and a co-creation approach in digital mental health discussions at this WHO meeting.

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21 September 2023

MHE & LSE release: Overview of research on the value for money of community mental health services

Mental Health Europe and the London School of Economics have released an overview of the research on the value for money of community mental health services.

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3 July 2023

MHE’s analysis of the Communication from the European Commission on ‘A Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health’

The analysis is an evaluation of the Communication on the basis of Mental Health Europe’s main recommendations and provides advice on next steps.

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26 June 2023

Promoting autonomy in mental health care: MHE and EDF’s engagement in the Steering Committee for Human Rights in the fields of Biomedicine and Health (CD-BIO)

The CD-BIO decided to adopt MHE and EDF's proposal to include references to the WHO Quality Rights Initiative and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Preamble of the draft Recommendation.

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14 June 2023

Join the Mental Health in all Policies Stakeholders Network

The Mental Health in all Policies Thematic Network may have come to an end, but the spirit of collaboration continues! We invite all stakeholders who share our values and meet the criteria to join the Mental Health in all Policies Stakeholders Network.

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9 June 2023

A comprehensive approach to mental health: Europe’s first step and action to address the well-being of all

MHE views the European Commission's Communication as a positive and crucial step towards a European Mental Health Strategy, expanding beyond existing initiatives. Progress has been made in breaking silos, but the burden must shift from individuals to structural and systemic changes.

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24 May 2023

MHE releases Policy Recommendations: Paving the way to mentally healthy communities enabling everybody to thrive

Includes key priorities for action in reshaping the environments that influence mental health (such as home, education, workplaces and broader communities).

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10 May 2023

MHE analysis: Mental health problems of people with physical disabilities

This analysis is an evaluation of the state of mental health amongst people with physical disabilities in Europe.

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26 April 2023

Mental Health Europe Releases a Toolkit on Co-Creation

This Toolkit provides guidelines and good practices on the psychosocial model and how it works in practice in different sectors and for different actors.

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26 April 2023

Mental Health Europe releases ‘Mental Health: The Power of Language’ – A glossary of terms and words

This glossary of terms and words used in the area of mental health aims to help pave the way to de-stigmatisation. When we want to see the right changes both in policy and in our day-to-day lives, we need to use the right terms and words.

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19 April 2023

The HPP Mental Health in all Policies Thematic Network released a Joint Statement

The EU Health Policy Platform on Mental Health in all Policies has released a Joint Statement: A proposal for a win-win Mental Health in all Policies approach. Organisations are invited to read the joint statement and endorse it before 22 May 2023.

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10 April 2023

Mental Health Europe Releases a Toolkit on the Psychosocial Model of Mental Health

This Toolkit provides guidelines and good practices on the psychosocial model and how it works in practice in different sectors and for different actors.

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6 February 2023

PERISCOPE MOOC ‘Strengthening territorial response for better health’ launched on Coursera

Mental Health Europe is pleased to announce the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Strengthening territorial response for better health’ developed under the PERISCOPE project is now available on Coursera.

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18 January 2023

MHE releases new report on digitalisation and mental health

Read MHE's report, which provides an assessment of the risks and opportunities related to living and working in a digital world, as well as to digital provision of mental health care services.

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19 December 2022

MHE releases Guidelines on access to justice for persons with psychosocial disabilities

Read MHE's Guidelines on what access to justice means in practice for persons with psychosocial disabilities and how to ensure that this right is respected and implemented. These guidelines can be of help to any stakeholder within all the branches of the justice system and any participant in legal proceedings.

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26 October 2022

MHE Publishes Paper on Mental health and geopolitical crises: Ukraine and beyond

This paper explores the short, medium and the long-term challenges to mental health linked to the Ukraine war and beyond. Mental health support should be prioritised as part of a comprehensive approach to well-being.

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1 July 2022

Joint statement by the EU Health Policy Platform’s thematic network ‘Climate action through public health education and training’

Moving towards the right to ‘health for all’ by training the public health and wider health workforce on climate change and health.

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8 June 2022

Joint statement on #WithdrawOviedo

Joint Statement on the suspension of adotion of the additional protocol of the Oviedo convention

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12 May 2022

MHE publishes urgent policy recommendations to support young people’s mental health

Read Mental Health Europe's Policy Asks to urgently undertake action and make use of this momentum for positive change.

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25 February 2022

MHE publishes its alternative report on the UN CRPD implementation by the EU

Read Mental Health Europe's Alternative Report for the second review of the European Union by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

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17 March 2021

MHE releases reflection paper on access to justice for people with mental health problems

Read Mental Health Europe's reflection paper on access to justice for persons with psychosocial disabilities and mental health problems.

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21 September 2020

Position paper on accessibility for people with psychosocial disabilities

Read MHE's reflection paper on new approaches to accessibility for people with psychosocial disabilities

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22 April 2020

Position Paper on Social Protection and Psychosocial Disability

Read MHE's position paper on social protection and psychosocial disability

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30 November 2019

European Mental Health Strategy: preliminary position

Read MHE's preliminary position on how a European Mental Health Strategy should look like and which topics include.

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26 September 2019

MHE releases reflection paper on mental health and SDGs

This reflection paper analyses how SDGs contribute to a human rights dimension of mental health & what is the EU's role

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25 June 2019

Mental Health Europe’s Analysis of the Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers

Our analysis of the Work-Life Balance Directive.

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10 April 2019

Mental Health Europe’s assessment of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

Our evaluation of the strategy.

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9 January 2019

Position Paper on the Health Strand of ESF+

Find out about our recommendations to the EU Commission.

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31 October 2018

MHE Response to the Lancet Commission Report on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

A response which includes analysis and recommendations.

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16 July 2018

Position Paper on proposed financial regulations for the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF)

European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community based Care reacts to the proposed regulations for EU Multiannual Financial Framework

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Multimedia

Podcasts, videos & infographics

23 May 2023

Empowering Minds Podcast: Mental Health Europe: Who, What, How | Episode 9

In this special edition of the podcast, we hear the voices of those who work behind the scenes of MHE and the European Mental Health Week.

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16 December 2022

Empowering Minds Podcast: Migrants, Refugees & Mental Health | Episode 8

Experts discuss migrants, refugees and mental health, and two displaced persons share their stories about fleeing from Syria and Ukraine.

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20 September 2022

Empowering Minds Podcast: Serotonin & Depression – Explaining the Chemical Imbalance Theory | Episode 7

Dr. Mark Horowitz dispels the myth of the chemical imbalance theory that linked low levels of serotonin and depression for over 50 years.

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22 April 2021

Empowering Minds Podcast: Environment and mental health | Episode 6

In this podcast episode, we focus on the complex intersections between climate, environmental issues, mental health and overall wellbeing.

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6 April 2021

New video explains the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities to health

Ahead of World Health Day tomorrow MHE is releasing an animated video on the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities to health.

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3 December 2020

New video explains the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities to social protection

The video explains the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities to social protection – Article 28 of the UN CRPD.

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22 October 2020

Empowering Minds Podcast: The history of psychiatric diagnosis | Episode 5

In this episode, experts talk about the history of psychiatric diagnosis in mental health, and how to develop human rights-based practices.

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19 August 2020

New video explains the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities in situations of risk

The video focuses on the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities in situations of risk – Article 11 of the UN CRPD.

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13 May 2020

Mental Health Europe explained

This explainer sheds the light on some common terminology misconceptions when it comes to mental health.

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11 May 2020

Empowering Minds Podcast: What is normal? | Episode 4

What does "normal" mean in mental health? In Episode 4, experts go through the history of normality in the mental health field.

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13 December 2019

MHE launches a new video on the UN CRPD and a psychosocial model of disability

What is the UN CRPD? What is a psychosocial model of disability? And how people with psychosocial disabilities can enjoy their rights in practice?

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26 August 2019

Infographic: Young people and mental health

Young people and mental health   

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8 April 2019

Empowering Minds Podcast: Coercive measures in mental health | Episode 3

What are coercive measures in mental health and how can we end these practices? In Episode 4, mental health experts clarify the situation.

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7 March 2019

MHE’s Webinar on the upcoming European Elections

Discussing campaign strategies and key objectives.

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6 March 2019

UN CRPD: Article 29 – Participation in political and public life

Focus on the right to vote 

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20 February 2019

VIDEO: We call for better mental health in Europe

For the upcoming EU Elections!

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14 February 2019

Mental Health Europe: who we are, what we do

A short video presentation of MHE

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19 December 2018

Infographic: Words Matter

What do you say when you talk about mental health?

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19 December 2018

Infographic: Shedding Light

On the links between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.

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13 December 2018

Empowering Minds Podcast: Transparency, Doctors and the Pharma Industry | Episode 2

Transparency is a real issue in the mental health field. Let's know more about the relationship between doctors and the pharma industry.

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15 November 2018

PODCAST: The effects of the gig economy on young people’s mental health

An insightful podcast on how work and employment are changing and how it affects young people's mental health.

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16 October 2018

#WithdrawOviedo

Summary of contributions to the UN Consultation on Human Rights and mental health.

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16 October 2018

A message from MHE President Jan Berndsen

His priorities and vision for MHE.

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16 October 2018

Livestream | Press Briefing Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe

Press briefing on our Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe report.

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15 June 2018

Empowering Minds Podcast: Mental Health and Young People | Episode 1

How do young people deal with mental health? Mental Health Europe investigates the topic in the Episode 1 of the podcast Empowering Minds.

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30 April 2018

Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe

A very short summary of findings.

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24 April 2018

Video Message from European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen for MHE Annual General Assembly

A video message highlighting the importance of mental health.

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24 April 2018

Video message from EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis’ for MHE Annual General Assembly

There is no health without mental health.

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8 March 2018

Infographic: How to promote mental health in the workplace? 

How to promote mental health in the workplace? 

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8 March 2018

Infographic: 10 things you should know about mental health

10 Things You Should Know About Mental Health

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20 February 2018

Why Does Work-life Balance Matters to Mental Health?

#IwantWorkLifeBalance

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15 February 2018

MHE video on Article 19 of the UNCRPD

MHE video on Article 19 of the UNCRPD

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16 January 2018

Livestream | Press Briefing Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe

Press briefing on our Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe report.

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8 December 2017

Webinar | Housing Rights of Persons with Psychosocial disabilities

Our webinar on the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities

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22 November 2017

New infographic: How to promote mental health in the workplace?

Check out our latest infographic.

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27 October 2017

Infographic: The joint action on mental health & well-being

Q & A The joint action on mental health and well-being

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11 October 2017

EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis’ for World Mental Health Day

EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis’ addresses MHE for World Mental Health Day 

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6 June 2017

MHE video on Article 27 of the UNCRPD

MHE video on Article 27 of the UNCRPD

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6 April 2017

MEP Miriam Dalli Video Message to MHE Members

MEP Miriam Dalli Video Message to MHE Members

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6 March 2017

MHE Webinar on the employment of people living with mental ill health

MHE Webinar on the employment of people living with mental ill health

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6 February 2017

MHE & EuroHealthNet Joint Webinar on the European Pillar of Social Rights

MHE & EuroHealthNet Joint Webinar on the European Pillar of Social Rights

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6 January 2017

EU Reporter: Interviews on Mental Health & Active Ageing in the European Parliament

EU Reporter: Interviews on Mental Health & Active Ageing in the European Parliament

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6 November 2016

The human cost of austerity – MHE Director Maria Nyman on Al Jazeera Inside Story

Inside Story - The human cost of austerity

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6 June 2016

MHE Webinar on the UN CRPD review process

MHE Webinar on the UN CRPD review process

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6 May 2016

MHE video on Article 12 of the UNCRPD

This short animated video seeks to explain the UNCRPD's Article 12 and legal capacity.

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6 January 2016

What is Recovery?

What is Recovery?

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6 November 2015

Paving the way to recovery – the Personal Ombudsman System

Paving the way to recovery - the Personal Ombudsman System

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6 November 2014

A good practice example on community-based services – an interview with a mental health service user

A good practice example on community-based services - an interview with a mental health service user

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6 November 2014

Individual Placement and Support Video

Individual Placement and Support Video

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6 November 2012

Message from Commissioner Laszlo Andor at the Mental Health Europe Conference 2012

Message from Commissioner Laszlo Andor

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6 November 2012

Mapping Exclusion – A take on Deinstitutionalisation

Mapping Exclusion - A take on Deinstitutionalisation

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Resources

Guides, reports, toolkits & maps

“Mental Health in All Policies” scoping report
Guide to Personal Recovery in Mental Health
Civil Society Guide For A Healthy Europe
Translations of the 'Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis' (FR,IT,DE)
New MHE report on promising practices to end coercion in mental health services
Shedding Light report on transparent relations in healthcare
A Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis.
Helplines and other resources for Young People
There is no health without mental health.
Keep in Mind : A quick guide
to European Institutions
MHE Glossary – Mental Health
& Policy Terms
Q&A Joint Action for Mental Health
and Wellbeing
Each of Us: 10 myths
about mental health
Toolkit on article
27 of the UNCRPD
Toolkit on the review process
of the UN CRPD
Guidance Note on the EU Framework
for Action on Mental Health
Mapping of Sunshine
Laws in Europe

Annual Reports

Guides & toolkits

Annual Activity Report 2018
Annual Activity Report 2019
Annual Activity Report 2020
Annual Activity Report 2021
Annual Activity Report 2017
Annual Activity Report 2016
Annual Activity Report 2014 - 2015
Annual Activity Report 2013