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State of the Union address 2021: make mental health a priority

Mental Health Europe (MHE) released a reaction to the State of the European Union address, calling on the European Commission to take comprehensive actions to reaffirm its commitment to mental health and disability.

On 14 September 2021, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave her second State of the Union (SOTEU) speech at the European Parliament Plenary, since the outbreak of COVID-19. This year’s speech was highly anticipated due to the opportunity it presented to highlight lessons learnt thus far from the pandemic, as well as pressing challenges to address over the next year.

 

Although mental health was alluded to throughout her speech, and whilst appreciating the ambitious words on better healthcare, ensuring fairer working conditions, and creating more opportunities for Europe’s youth, it is still surprising that neither mental health nor disability were referred to for a second year in a row as critical priorities across the EU. As such, Mental Health Europe (MHE) calls for the European Commission to take comprehensive actions to reaffirm its commitment to mental health and disability. Furthermore, we also note the absence of civil society and the groups they represent, as important partners in ensuring these political priorities become a reality.

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Fatima Awil

Policy & Knowledge Officer

For more information please contact

Fatima.Awil[at]mhe-sme[dot]org

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