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Our mission

We advocate for positive mental health and wellbeing and for the rights of people living with mental ill health. We raise awareness to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Mental Health Europe is a European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)users of mental health services, persons with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers.


MHE works closely with the European Institutions and international bodies to mainstream mental health in all policies and end mental health stigma. Mental Health Europe represents associations and individuals in the field of mental health including users of mental health services, professionals, service providers and volunteers.  Together with its members, MHE formulates recommendations for policy makers to develop mental health friendly policies. MHE places users of mental services at the centre of its work to ensure the voice of people who have experienced mental ill health is heard across Europe.


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Strategic priorities

Strategic Priorities

Ensure a human rights-based and recovery-centred approach to mental health

✓ Engage with and influence the EU Institutions, the Council of Europe and other key stakeholders on the monitoring

and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

✓ Raise awareness of stigma and discrimination around mental health through communication tools and a dedicated campaign.

✓ Lobby for review and reform of diagnostic models which are not human rights or recovery compliant.

✓ Actively support the empowerment of people with lived experience of mental ill health, including users and ex-users of services.

✓ Raise awareness of and promulgate the recovery model amongst members, key stakeholders and the general public.


Parity of esteem: valuing mental health equally with physical health

✓ Advocate for equal funding in mental health and physical health.

✓ Ensure the mainstreaming of mental health in all policies, including economic,education, social and employment policies,
with a particular focus on poverty and social inclusion, through policy and communication tools.

✓ Promote positive mental health and wellbeing in all policies and wider prevention strategies, particular prevention of suicide.

✓ Promote a holistic vision of health and a better knowledge of the intertwining of physical health and mental health.

Promote better mental health at work

✓ Engage with EU Institutions through policy and communication tools, on the economic and social costs of mental health issues at work.

✓ Through the EU Alliance on Mental Health in All Policies, create a broad network of NGOs, service providers, insurers, trade unions and corporates to influence policy makers.

✓ Advocate for and collate data on good quality employment opportunities for all, including people with psychosocial disabilities who are long-term unemployed.

Advocate for better community based care

✓ Deliver training on DI to the EU Institutions to raise awareness and influence key decision makers.

✓ Engage with National governments on the transparent and sound use of structural funds to enable the process of DI.

✓ Deliver an updated research project mapping institutionalisation in Europe.

✓ Create and facilitate formal and informal networks between our members to exchange best practiceson community based care.

Strengthen and consolidate MHE’s networks

✓ Diversify funding streams.

✓ Create and consolidate informal and formal networks amongst our members to share best practices and
develop joint projects where possible.

✓ Deliver flexible and responsive capacity building for members.

✓ Develop a membership strategy.

✓ Set up accountability mechanisms with transparent processes in line with best practices in good governance.

✓ Create informal and formal alliances with other European mental health organisations.

✓ Position MHE as the European voice of mental health.

Meet the board

Meet the MHE Board Members, who support the work of the Secretariat with passion and commitment.

Jan Berndsen

President Representative, Mental Health Utrecht GGZ Nederland, Chief Executive Officer, Lister, the Netherlands

Donatella Miccinesi

Vice-President AISMe, Italy

Barbara Davis

Secretary Administration Manager Mental Health, Ireland

Stefaan Baeten

Treasurer, Vlaamse Vereniging voor Geestelijke Gezondheid (VVVG), Belgium

“Mental health service providers must believe in recovery.”

“Heart and Mind Together.”

“I am keen to see an inclusive society that promotes Occupation, Accommodation and Respect (OAR) for people with mental ill health.”

“Mental Health is sharing Hope.”

Kristijan Grđan

Member of the Executive Committee, Susret, (Croatia)

Paul Bomke

Dachverbands Gemeindepsychiatrie, Pfalzklinikum (Germany)

Jane Cumming

Penumbra (United Kingdom)

Amedeea Enache

Estuar (Romania)

“Respect for freedom, self-determination and meaningful social participation are determinants of mental health wellbeing.”

“It is important that we talk more about health and hope, instead of focusing on mental illness.”

“Mental Health matters to everyone, for everything.”

“The best way to invest in the community is to support persons with mental health problems to be included in the community and provide them with quality social services.”

Sandra Grünberger

pro mente Austria (Austria)

Meri Larivaara

MIELI Mental Health Finland (Finland)

Nace Kovač

SENT (Slovenia)

Karile Levickaite

Mental Health Perspectives (Lithuania)

“There is no health without mental health.”

“Mental health lays the foundations of wellbeing and capacity to act in everyday life, thus, investing in mental health can bring about a huge amount of positive impact on individuals, families, communities and societies.”

“Our priority is to support policies and actions to ensure a full and satisfying life for persons with mental health problems.”

“We still live in the world full of prejudices and myths related to mental health, thus speaking up and raising awareness is an essential step towards human rights friendly health care services and tolerant society at large.”

Kitty Mylonopoulou

Society of Social Psychiatry & Mental Health (Greece)

Aleksei Norden

Estonian Mental Health Association (Estonia)

Andrés Suárez Velázquez

Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría (Spain)

“Mental ill health is not the problem. Stigma is.”

”Mental health care and well-being should involve professionals, managers, users, and civil society as-a-whole.”

“Walking together to understand and alleviate mental ill health.”

Meet the Staff

Claudia Marinetti


Marie Fallon-Kund

Policy Manager (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Tetiana Sykes

Communications Manager

Laura Marchetti

Senior Policy Officer
Claudia Marinetti is director at Mental Health Europe (MHE) and has extensive expertise in the areas of health and its social determinants, well-being and equity. With over 10 years of experience in management, policy, advocacy and research, Claudia has worked across sectors to improve the well-being including approaches based on human rights, access to quality services, HiAP, and social inclusion. Prior to joining MHE, she worked for EuroHealthNet, a not-for-profit partnership working on public heath, disease prevention, health promotion, and inequality reduction. She has also worked for K.U.Leuven and briefly for the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology. Claudia is a graduate of the University of Padua (Italy) and holds a PhD in Social and Applied Psychology from the University of Oxford (UK).
Marie is from Belgium, where she previously worked as a lawyer in a general law office. She holds a PhD in health sciences and health policy from the University of Lucerne (Switzerland) and a Master in Law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with a specialisation in Human Rights from the Académie de Louvain (Belgium). Before joining MHE, Marie conducted research in the area of mental health and human rights for four years as part of her PhD. The research was part of a European network of researchers working on different aspects of mental health. Marie’s research focused on the right to legal capacity and related court proceedings.
Tetiana is originally from Ukraine. She combines 10 years of experience in non-profit communications with a background in languages and design. Her expertise spans strategic and advocacy communications, campaigning, digital fundraising and marketing. In her previous roles, Tetiana worked on communication around issues that surround children and families in the context of deinstitutionalisation, supporting people with disabilities, advocating for the improvement of care and the promotion of social inclusion. Prior to joining MHE, she worked for Eurochild, International Foster Care Organisation, Partnership for Every Child and the Red Cross.
Laura is from Italy and holds a Master degree in European Studies from the University of Groningen and the University of Strasbourg. She has been working in the field of human rights at European and international levels throughout her career. More specifically she has focused on the rights of persons with disabilities, children's rights, de-institutionalisation, economic and social rights. Laura works as Policy Officer at Mental Health Europe on a part time basis and as Coordinator of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). Before joining MHE, Laura worked as Social Policy Officer at the European Disability Forum.

Nikoleta Bitterova

Senior Policy Officer

Marcin Rodzinka

Advocacy & Policy Officer
Nikoleta is from Slovakia, where she previously worked for the Ministry of Justice as a senior state counsellor, representing Slovakia before the European Court of Human Rights. She holds a PhD in legal theory from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In her thesis she dealt with gender stereotyping in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. Nikoleta is a human rights lawyer who directly experienced the work of the European Union as a trainee in the Fundamental Rights Policy Unit at the European Commission (Brussels) and previously as a study visitor at the Fundamental Rights Agency (Vienna). At FRA she supported a project on de-institutionalisation. Additionally, she also has an experience with the Council of Europe‘s human rights protection system, as well as the non-governmental sector. She worked with a Czech human rights NGO, where she was a part of the team working on the rights of people with disabilities, using mainly strategic litigation.
Marcin is from Poland and holds a Master degree in Public Health from the Jagiellonian University Medical College. He has worked in the field of health and human rights for the past 7 years and has experience in health inequalities and transparency issues. Marcin worked with the National Institute of Public Health in Poland and various human rights NGOs. His work previously focused on the health rights of LGBTI people including mental health and transparency within the healthcare sector. He published scientific articles in international journals and has experience in research (Health Technology Assessment, health inequalities), policy monitoring and advocacy work.

Meet the Senior Policy Advisors

Bob Grove

Employment social policy

Nigel Henderson

Understanding Mental Health, Recovery Services, All Policies

Jan Pfeiffer

Deinstitutionalisation, Structural funds

Dominique de Marné


Meet the Honorary Advisors

Josée van Remoortel

Stijn Jannes

Committees & Taskforces

Mental Health Europe Committees and Taskforces support the Secretariat on specific issues including human rights, new membership and financial questions.



The Membership and Accreditation Committee supports the work of MHE with membership recruitment, advice on membership applications, reviews of the statutes and internal rules and makes proposals in relation to the membership fees.



The Finance Committee ensures that MHE’s financial situation is given the necessary attention and secures the transparency of the accounts.


Human rights

The Committee on Mental Health and Human Rights supports MHE’s work on human rights and ensure that human rights are mainstreamed in all MHE’s activities and projects and that appropriate actions are taken when the human rights of people with mental health problems are violated.

Mental Health Europe Taskforces work on specific issues related to mental health. They support the Secretariat’s policy work on a regular basis. The Beyond the Biomedical Paradigm Taskforce (BBP Taskforce) is a group of experts working on the change of culture within mental health services in Europe. The BBP Taskforce works with the Secretariat on trying to shift the mental health sector away from the purely biomedical approach to mental health. Experts call for a key shift in mental health culture which considers and involves the views, rights and lived experience of mental health service users.

Who we work with

MHE collaborates and contributes to a constructive dialogue with European policy makers and other international bodies including the United Nations, the Council of Europe as well as the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization.

European Commission

Collaborating with the European Commission is at the heart of MHE’s work. This collaboration includes our participation in various civil dialogues, two of the most important being the High-level Group on Disability and the Group of Governmental Experts on Mental Health. MHE also shares expertise and input about mental health policy with the EU Commission when required.

World Health Organisation

Mental Health Europe has an observatory Status with the World Health Organization

Council of Europe

Mental Health Europe has a consultative status with the Council of Europe and contributes to the Council of Europe coalition of INGOs.

United Nations

Mental Health Europe’s core human rights work concerns the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). MHE attended the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and had our concerns reflected in a number of recommendations.

European Parliament

Mental Health Europe works closely with the European Parliament and its Members
through the MEPs affiliated to our Coalition for Mental Health and Well-being.

European organisations

Mental Health Europe maintains close relationships with other European organisations active in the field of health, disability and social affairs at European level. This collaboration is key to ensure good networks of contacts and mainstream mental health in all policies. Mental Health Europe is member of the following European organisations:


International Labour Organization

Mental Health Europe is member of the mental health working group
of the International Labour Organization – Business and Disability.