Brussels, 27 February 2020 – Building on the past work of the European Union (EU), Mental Health Europe (MHE) has conducted a scoping review of the national developments in mental health policies from 2017 to 2019. The new report reveals that despite visible progress in many Member States, Europe needs better alignment of action in the area of mental health. This includes a stronger role of the EU in supporting the coordination of national efforts. Findings also show that there is a need for a comprehensive and proactive EU Mental Health Strategy to ensure social cohesion, sustainability, and economic growth of communities and states.
The “Mental Health in All Policies” scoping report aims to inform EU policy stakeholders about the state of play in the area of mental health across the EU. In the light of a recent European Economic and Social Committee’s conference to shape the new EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030, the report findings could be used as supporting evidence for the future strategy from a psychosocial disability perspective.