The EU Compass for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing

The EU Compass for Action on Mental Health and Well-being is a tool to collect, exchange, analyse, and disseminate information on policy and stakeholder activities in mental health in order to improve mental health and well-being in Europe. An in-depth qualitative survey has been developed to gather data about mental health and well-being programmes and practices in Europe. In the latest round of collection, practices were submitted from 10 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal. The Good Practices brochure includes practical and concrete information about the practices, such as the lessons learned by each practice and recommendations to future adopters. The brochure can be used by stakeholders, policymakers, and service providers looking to improve care related to mental health and well-being.  The good practice examples that have been collected so far in the good practice booklet 2016 and the good practice booklet 2017. All collected good practices will also be available on an online database by March 2018.

The third EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Well-being Mental Health Forum was held in Luxembourg on 8-9 February 2018. The focus of this Forum was providing community-based mental health services and developing integrated approaches to governance, which is often referred to as mental health in all policies. In line with this, an EU Compass scientific paper was presented and both days included interactive break-out sessions to discuss the key topics. Moreover, the results of the annual EU Compass surveys regarding the activities of member States and stakeholders in mental health have also been analysed.

EUFAMI was well represented at this important event by its Executive Director, Margaret Walker, and by Board member Spyros Zorbas

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