From 5-7 October 2016, the European Brain Council took part in three days of meetings in Luxembourg in regard to Mental Health and Wellbeing.
The first day and a half was dedicated to the Governmental Experts on Mental Health meeting, which gathered EU Member State and select country representatives, Mental Health experts and relevant NGOs. EBC’s new Not Myself Today initiative was recognized and highlighted as an up and coming Mental Health in the Workplace initiative, with Executive Director Frédéric Destrebecq presenting the campaign to the room.
Following the Experts meeting was the First EU Compass Forum on Mental Health and Wellbeing, organized by a Consortium led by the Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands, NOVA University of Lisbon, the Finnish Association for Mental Health and EuroHealthNet under the EU Health Programme (2014-2020).
The Forum brought together policy-makers from different sectors, Member State representatives, non-governmental stakeholders such as advocacy, professional, service provider, users and carers, trade unions and employers, and private sector organisations, and academic/research institutes, with the purpose of discussing progress in the implementation of policy recommendations from the Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being, to present an overview of good practices across the EU, and to address emerging issues such as the mental health of refugees.