Giving new momentum to the “Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing”

For 25 years Mental Health Europe (MHE) has been actively promoting mental health and wellbeing, and advocating for the human rights of mental health service users at European level. Mental Health Europe has developed comprehensive programmes aimed at combating the taboos, stigma and prejudices people with mental health problems often face in order to combat social exclusion.

In 2012, MHE launched the Coalition on Mental Health and Well-being, the main objectives of which are:

  • ensuring that mental health is high on the EU agenda
  • promoting the involvement of mental health (ex)users and survivors of psychiatry in political decisions at every stage of development
  • supporting the implementation of the EU Pact for Mental Health and Well being
  • speeding up the process of deinstitutionalisation and supporting the establishment of community-based alternatives
  • tackling the issue of mental health and wellbeing particularly in disadvantaged groups who are the most affected

Since then, things have moved forward, and MHE has continued to work hard to ensure that mental health is not overlooked when it comes to policy making. MHE continuously pushes for social inclusion, deinstitutionalisation and respect for the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities and mental health problems.

As you may know, the EU recently underwent its very first UN human rights review in light of its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The resulting recommendations, given to  the EU by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are historic and specifically relevant to mental health. MHE is strongly committed to collaborating with the European institutions in their work on implementation. In this regard, MHE believes that the European Parliament has a key role to play in implementing the CRPD and should show strong leadership and political commitment in seeking implementation of these important recommendations.

Given the CRPD recommendations and in order to ensure that Mental Health and Well-being remains high on the European agenda, we thought it was time to give new momentum to the Coalition on Mental Health and Well-being.  

This informal Coalition allows MHE to better support members by providing  expertise  on any mental health related issues that they might require. Therefore, MHE is  pleased to assist MEPs by:

  • formulating amendments to legislative proposals,
  • preparing Parliamentary questions,
  • supporting Coalition members with the drafting of own-initiative reports,
  • organising hearings and events related to mental health,
  • alerting Coalition members about important developments in relation to mental health and well-being at the European level,

MHE has coordinated a platform of European NGOs in the mental health field for almost 30 years, working closely with the European Institutions, organising a number of important international conferences , and drafting numerous publications in the field of mental health. You can be certain that MHE offers unparalleled expert advice that you can always rely on. Through our wide membership in all EU Members States and beyond, we have a great understanding of the varying systems and situations experienced by users themselves as well as professionals working in the mental health field. This coalition is about MHE providing support and offering insights to its members. However, we are always happy to receive your input and expertise, which would definitely be invaluable to our work.

For MHE, the Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing is an opportunity to step up our efforts and reach out to more people in need. For you, as a Member of the European Parliament, joining us in this endeavour would be a statement to your commitment to mental health, an area that is often overlooked. We hope you will join us in our efforts, as your support is crucial to our cause.