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Issue 167, 28 January 2016


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A new Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing

by JM Caldas de Almeida, Coordinator, EU Joint Action Mental Health and Wellbeing

by JM Caldas de Almeida, Coordinator, EU Joint Action Mental Health and Wellbeing

The EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing was launched in 2013 to champion mental health as a European public health priority and to develop tools to support Member States in improving conditions for the prevention, diagnosis and care of mental disorders in their countries.  

The Final Conference of the Joint Action, held in Brussels on 21-22 January 2016, presented the opportunity to discuss progress made over the past three years and to hold a debate on the Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, the most important outcome of this initiative.

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EU Health Award for NGOs » 
Forthcoming events » 
New publications » 
Reporting from across Europe » 
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Health Programme Projects »

EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being


Euregenas - European Regions Enforcing Actions Against Suicide

PREDI-NU - Preventing Depression and Improving Awareness through Networking in the EU

Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Foundation

School Children Mental Health in Europe

CAMHEE - Child and adolescent mental health in enlarged European Union

Alzheimer Europe


News from the EU 

EU launches Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction  »

The new Joint Action held its first Partnership Forum on 14 - 15 January 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania to kick off activities. This three-year project funded by the EU is being implemented by 23 partners in 18 EU Member States.

First post-graduate course on public health leadership now offered by Maastricht University  »

The Executive Healthcare Leadership Programme includes executive coaching and integrates modern theoretical health care and public health leadership content, based on a scientifically-developed public health leadership competency framework.

EU Press Releases 

Refugee crisis: Commission grants €5.6 million to Health projects to support Member States' actions  »

The funds will help address common health challenges in the most affected Member States. The Health Programme also supports longer-term actions on refugees and migrants' health and integration.

EU Health Award for NGOs 

Caritas Italiana  »

Caritas' response to the Ebola Epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

CartONG  »

Geographic Information System officers for Médecins Sans Frontières' Ebola response.

 More information on the Award


Forthcoming events 

World Cancer Day, 4 February 2016  »

Under the theme ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day will explore how everyone – collectively or individually – can do their part to reduce the burden of cancer.

Antimicrobial Resistance Conference (Amsterdam, 9 – 10 February 2016)  »

This conference will emphasize the need for a ‘One Health’ approach and will be attended by EU/EEA Ministers of Health and Ministers of Agriculture.

New publications 

Want to know more about the testing and safety assessment of cosmetic substances in the EU?  »

An easy-to-read factsheet on the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety's 'Notes of Guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation' is now available in English, French, German and Spanish.

Guide to creating a local healthy diets project  »

To inspire similar projects at local level, a guide has been published sharing lessons learnt from the EU-project 'We Love Eating', which encouraged people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Reporting from across Europe 

First National Days for Innovations in Health held 23 - 24 January 2016  [France]  »

Two days of discovery, meetings and debates were held in Paris, organised by the French Ministry of Health in partnership with Universcience.

'We Love Eating' project succeeds in getting people to eat more fruit and vegetables.  [Hungary]  »

More than 23,500 people took part in the EU-pilot project in Hungary and Poland, where over 136 tons of free fruit and vegetables were distributed and well-known chefs provided recipes for healthier delights.

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