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Launch of the Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-Being, 21 February 2013

06 March 2013

The new Joint Action, funded under the EU Health Programme, will be running from 1 February 2013 till January 2016 and coordinated by Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Portugal.

Mental health and well-being, prevention of mental disorders and the improvement of care and social inclusion of people with mental disorders in Europe are the drivers of the Joint Action. The action will bring together 45 associated and collaborating partners representing 27 EU Member States and associated countries.

Europe is facing a rise in diagnoses of mental disorders and the estimated numbers reach to 50 million citizens (about 11% of the population). Mental health is a human right and a key resource for the success of the EU as a knowledge-based society and the realisation of the objectives of the Lisbon strategy.

In this context, the Joint Action will build on the work done under the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being, and will give sequence to the 2011 Council Conclusions on the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being by establishing a process for structured collaborative work involving the Member States and associated countries, the European Union, relevant stakeholders and international organisations.

The joint action will address:

  • The promotion of mental health at the work place and in schools
  • Promoting action against depression and suicide
  • Developing community mental health care and
  • Promoting the integration of mental health in all policies

The expected result is a more rigorous and comprehensive knowledge on of mental health and well-being situation in the EU and the development of an endorsed framework for action.

Learn more on the European Commission initiatives on mental health and well-being and Joint actions.