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Third EU Compass Forum on Mental Health and Well-being

February 2, 2018

The third EU Compass Forum on Mental Health and Well-being, will take place in Luxembourg on the 8th and 9th of February, 2018. Member State representatives, key stakeholders from governmental and non-governmental organisations and representatives from EU agencies will share knowledge and experiences at the Forum.

Many Member States progressed in furthering their mental health systems through the improvement of national mental health legislation, the development of national mental health strategies, the initiation of promotion and prevention programmes, and the recognition of mental health and well-being as a cross-sectoral policy issue, as learned through the annual EU Compass survey among Member States and key stakeholders.

This year’s Forum focuses on the following themes: Providing community-based mental health care and Mental health in all policies. These two themes will be further explored through keynote presentations by leading experts, followed by breakout sessions to allow for more in-depth discussions.

Strides towards furthering the development and implementation of community-based mental health care has been made by Member States and stakeholders. "Community-based mental health care" refer to a balanced care model which focuses on providing a blend of services within local settings. Examples of such services would entail home treatment, provision of crisis care by mobile teams located in the community, availability of acute inpatient services at local level and family’s involvement in the care.  Actions taken include creation of a supportive policy framework for community-based mental health care, and revising and aligning financial structures for community-based mental health care. Several actions in Member States involved services development and re-design, as well as actively involving service users in the design, provision, and evaluation of services.  More data from Member States and key stakeholders as well as feedback and examples of good practices will be shared at the Forum.

Over the past year, a number of Member States and key stakeholders made progress on recognising mental health and wellbeing as a cross-sectoral policy issue. Often the determinants of mental health are structural, such as poverty, gender inequality and stigma-based discrimination which may lead to social exclusion. Thus, embedding mental health into labour market, environmental, educational and social welfare policies is important. Information and practices furthering this theme and strategies for other Member States and stakeholders will be discussed at the Forum.

About the EU Compass for Mental Health and Well-being
The EU Compass is a mechanism supported by the European Commission to collect, exchange, and analyse information on policy and activities by Member States and non-governmental stakeholders in mental health. The EU Compass is implemented by a consortium led by the Trimbos Institute in cooperation with the NOVA University of Lisbon, the Finnish Association for Mental Health and EuroHealthNet and is funded under the EU Health Programme (2014-2020).

The Forum is the yearly EU event on mental health and well-being where the results of the surveys to Member States and NGO's and the latest scientific knowledge are presented and progress is discussed.

Livestream will be available during the event at: https://ec.europa.eu/health/mental_health/events/ev_20180208_en

For more information: https://ec.europa.eu/health/mental_health/eu_compass_en

For communication about the Forum: EUforum@trimbos.nl

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