Mental health is everyone’s concern: A Joint statement by 17 European organisations, including EBC, released on Monday 13th February is calling for more action on Mental Health in Europe

Our joint statement on mental health urges the EU and Member States to step up efforts to fully implement the Joint Action’s resulting Framework for Action as a priority. The Framework for Action is the first comprehensive European policy on mental health which gathers guidelines and recommendations for Member States. There is much more space for the EU to address mental health in an integrated way and our joint statement develops recommendations on how to ensure:

  1. Parity of esteem, which is the principle by which mental health must be given equal priority to physical health
  2. A Life course approach to mental health which supports better understanding of mental health for all age groups and transitional times (mental health and pregnancy, mental health and ageing…)
  3. More attention is given to mental health in the workplace which is too often overlooked in occupational health and safety policies
  4. The improvement of mental health treatment in primary care settings and encouraging more holistic and person-centered approaches to mental health.

The Joint Statement is available on the Health Policy Platform.


Mental Health Europe
European Federation of Associations of Families of Persons with Mental Illness (EUFAMI)
Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC)
European Brain Council (EBC)
European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)
European forum for primary care (EFPC)
European Patients’ Forum (EPF)
European Psychiatric Association (EPA)
European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA Europe)
Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (Gamian Europe)
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IFSBH)
The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)