The Chair of the 2009-2014 Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing was MEP Kinga Göncz.
Kinga Göncz was a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. She headed the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) European election list in 2009 and was subsequently elected as one of 22 Hungarian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). A member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group, she served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Between 2010 and 2012, she was also a member of the Special Committee on the policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union after 2013.
Kinga Göncz began her career as a psychiatrist. She has also had a distinguished academic career. From 1989 to 2002, she was an Associate Professor at the Social Policy and Social Work Department of the Institute for Sociology at ELTE University in Budapest. Between 1998 and 2003, she taught courses on the Social Psychology of Prejudice at the Human Rights Department at Central European University.
She graduated from the Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest in 1972, earned a diploma in psychiatry and psychotherapy, and is the member of the European Association for Psychotherapy since 2004.
Members of the MHE Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2009-2014):
Kriton Arsenis, S&D, Greece
Marietta Giannakou, EPP, Greece
Csaba Sogor, EPP, Romania
Nils Torvalds, ALDE, Finland
Hannu Takkula, ALDE, Finland
Anneli Jäätteenmäki, ALDE, Finland
Sirpa Pietikäinen, EPP, Finland
Cecilia Wikström, ALDE, Sweden
Edit Bauer, EPP, Slovakia
Ádám Kósa, EPP, Hungary
Seán Kelly, EPP, Ireland
Mairead McGuinness, EPP, Ireland
Phil Prendergast, S&D, Ireland
Pat the Cope Gallagher, ALDE, Ireland