Non-communicable diseases

EU Framework for Action on Mental Health and Well-being

Policies and services addressing mental health are the responsibility of individual EU countries. However, the need to include mental health among the priorities of the public health agenda has been increasingly recognized in Europe in recent decades. Mental health policies have not been assigned the same importance in all European countries.

Consequently, many individuals experiencing mental disorders receive no treatment and the availability of services to prevent mental disorders and promote mental wellbeing remains limited.

Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being

The Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-being aims to build a framework for action in mental health policy at the European level and builds on previous work developed under the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being. Funded by the European Agency for Health and Consumers, the Joint Action involves 51 partners representing 28 EU Member States and 11 European organisations, and is coordinated by the Nova Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Priority Areas

  • Depression, suicide and e-health
  • Community-based approaches
  • Mental health at workplaces
  • Mental health at schools
  • Mental health in all policies

EU Framework on mental health and well-being

The resulting framework for action was presented during a final conference in 2016. It  supports national governments to review their policies and share experiences in improving policy efficiency and effectiveness through innovative approaches, whilst taking into account specific needs at local, regional and national level. It also provides guidance for the review and development of the EU’s own policies

These individual reports and papers refer to specific topics covered by the Joint Action and Framework.


  • Ensure sustainable and effective implementation of policies contributing to promotion of mental health and the prevention and treatment of mental disorders;
  • Develop mental health promotion and prevention and early intervention programmes, through integration of mental health in all policies and multi-sectoral cooperation;
  • Ensure the transition to comprehensive mental health treatment and quality care accessible to all, with an emphasis on providing mental health care to individuals with mental disorders. Coordination of health and social care for individuals with severe mental disorders as well as integrated care for mental and physical disorders;
  • Strengthen knowledge, the evidence base and good practices sharing in mental health;
  • Partnering for progress.