EBC, alongside member organisations EPA, ECNP, GAMIAN-Europe and EUFAMI, has endorsed a new Joint Statement on the need to further invest in mental health research and the implementation of a European Partnership on mental health and wellbeing written by the Trimbos Institute.

As written in the introduction of the statement, “mental ill health leads to huge personal and economic costs for European individuals, communities and economies. The European Commission, EU Member States, WHO, and OECD recognise the need to address this negative impact of mental ill health. A “Mental Health in all Policies” approach is required in order to ensure social inclusion and financial sustainability. However, the lack of parity of esteem and disparity of funding between mental and physical health has been a huge barrier. Mental health research and the implementation of research outcomes are disproportionally underfunded. [The] Joint Statement makes a case for investing in mental health research and implementation.”

Read the full statement here.

Representatives of national client and family organisations, research organisations and universities, and mental health research funders are still very welcome to sign the statement. Contact us for further information on how to endorse, or contact Chris Nas of Trimbos Institute directly (cnas[at]trimbos.nl).