EUFAMI hosts Annual General Meeting and Participation Day

The Board of Directors and delegates from 23 member associations gathered in Leuven between 9-11 June  to attend the Annual General Meeting and the Participation Day.

Over 30 participants in total took part, including new members Familiarmente (PT), EDRA, EPIONI and PEPSAEE (GR) and Adriana Nikolova from prospective member BGFAMI. Charles Harman from US sister organisation NAMI and Yoram Cohen from patient organisation GAMIAN Europe, as well as two of our funders,  joined us for the reception kicking off our #EUFAMI25 celebration year.

It was also an opportunity for members with voting rights to elect the Board of Directors. Vice-President Martine Frager-Berlet of UNAFAM, France was re-elected, as was Spyros Zorbas from Greece, both for their final 3-year term. To complete the number of 9 Board members, Kevin Jones of Shine, Ireland and Eulalia Pereira of ENCONTRAR+SE, Portugal, were newly elected.

Other members reached the end of their mandates.  After 9 years of excellent service on our Board, it was time to say goodbye to former Vice-President Connie Magro (MHA, Malta) and former Treasurer John Saunders (Shine, Ireland).

As part of the Participation Day on 10 June, Elena Balestra at the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) gave a presentation about its #Access2030 campaign on universal health coverage.  This was followed by EUFAMI Secretary General Aagje Ieven, who presented a report on access to services from a mental health perspective.  EUFAMI’s Communications Officer Paul Nolan also gave an overview of the social media landscape connected to mental health and put forward proposals for EUFAMI’s 25th anniversary celebrations later in 2017.

The working weekend ended with a debate on setting the agenda for the months ahead and talking points around mental health, access to services, and the role of family carers.

EUFAMI wishes to thank all members and partners for contributing to the debate and looks forward to continued collaboration in the year ahead.  Pictures of the event can be found in our Flickr photo album.

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