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At Mental Health Europe, our understanding of mental health recognises that mental distress can be experienced by anyone and may be caused by a series of different factors and life events. Social policies can have an impact on people’s mental health and that is why Mental Health Europe closely monitors and advocates for better European social policies.

Mental Health Europe believes that the European Pillar of Social Rights – the most recent European social initiative – is an opportunity to improve services across Europe that will contribute to preventing mental ill health, promote the wellbeing of millions of people in Europe, and protect people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities.

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Our News about Social Europe

September 17, 2020

MHE’s reaction to the 2020 State of the European Union

Read MHE’s reaction to this year's State of the European Union address.

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July 15, 2020

European Parliament pushes for the EU’s long-term action on mental health

Read MHE’s reaction to the adoption of the European Parliament’s resolution on the EU’s future public health strategy.

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May 27, 2020

MHE’s reaction to the 2020 Country Specific Recommendations

Mental Health Europe’s reaction to the 2020 Country Specific Recommendations.

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May 20, 2020

New European health programme: Let’s make it work for mental health

Read MHE’s reaction to the announcement of a new health programme within the next seven-year budget.

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April 22, 2020

Position Paper on Social Protection and Psychosocial Disability

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

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November 30, 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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November 28, 2019

It’s time for the renewed commitment to protect the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities

MHE's statement on the occasion of the European day of persons with disabilities 2019

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November 27, 2019

You can count on us. But can we count on you?

MHE's reaction to the approval of the new European Commission

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October 29, 2019

MHE’s response and recommendations on the Council conclusions on the Economy of Well-being

MHE welcomes the effort and commitment to put well-being and mental health at the heart of EU policies.

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July 24, 2019

MHE’s reaction to the Draft Council Conclusions on the Economy of Well-being

On 25 July 2019, members of the Social Questions Working Party will discuss the Draft Council Conclusions on the Economy of Well-being prepared by the Finnish Presidency to the Council of the European Union.

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January 9, 2019

Position Paper on the Health Strand of ESF+

Find out about our recommendations to the EU Commission.

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November 14, 2018

Health inequalities: Unequal access to mental healthcare remains a reality in Europe

Need to improve the unequal access to mental healthcare in most European countries.

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July 16, 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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February 20, 2018

Why Does Work-life Balance Matters to Mental Health?

#IwantWorkLifeBalance

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December 8, 2017

Webinar | Housing Rights of Persons with Psychosocial disabilities

Our webinar on the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities

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November 22, 2017

Position Paper on the proposal for a Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers

Find out about our recommendations to the EU Commission.

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November 1, 2017

EEG position on the European Pillar of Social Rights and its potential

EEG position on the European Pillar of Social Rights and its potential

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November 1, 2017

Briefing note: What is the European Social Pillar?

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November 1, 2017

Briefing and Preliminary assessment of the Social Pillar

  READ Briefing and Preliminary assessment of the Social Pillar

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October 11, 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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October 9, 2017

Did you say social Europe? MHE’s reaction the Country Specific Recommendations

Did you say social Europe? MHE’s reaction the Country Specific Recommendations.

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October 9, 2017

A window of opportunity for a fair, social and supportive European Union

A window of opportunity for a fair, social and supportive European Union.

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October 9, 2017

EU Country Specific Recommendations show Social Europe is still pending

EU Country Specific Recommendations show Social Europe is still pending.

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October 9, 2017

MHE’s reaction to the new EU return policies

Last week, the EU Commission published a set of recommendations to Member States on the return and detention of migrants and refugees.

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October 9, 2017

Positive mental health is key to active and healthy ageing

Positive mental health is key to active and healthy ageing.

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October 9, 2017

New position paper: Mental health support to migrants and refugees should not be a luxury

New position paper: Mental health support to migrants and refugees should not be a luxury.

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October 9, 2017

European Commission must keep its promises to achieve a more social Europe

European Commission must keep its promises to achieve a more social Europe.

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November 20, 2016

Discussion Paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Discussion Paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights

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November 6, 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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October 18, 2016

Position Paper on Mental Health and Migration

The need for mental health and psychosocial support for migrants

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September 1, 2014

Ageing and mental health – a forgotten matter

Statement of ENUSP and Mental Health Europe on Additional Protocol

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September 1, 2013

Acces to services by people with severe Mental Health Problems Who are homeless

Mental health and homelessness.

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November 1, 2012

Impact of the Crisis and Austerity Measures on Health Systems and Disadvantaged Groups

Impact of the Crisis and Austerity Measures on Health Systems and Disadvantaged Groups

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