About The Week
The European Mental Health Week is a pan-European initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in our everyday lives. Set up and run by Europe’s largest independent mental health NGO Mental Health Europe (MHE), the third edition of the European Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 9 May until 13 May 2022.
This year’s theme, ‘Speak Up for Mental Health’ will shine the spotlight on youth mental health. In most European countries, mental health problems among young people (15–24-year-olds) have doubled the last two years as a consequence of the pandemic. Young people constitute an especially vulnerable group. Immediate action at European and national level is crucial to address the mental health needs of young people in Europe. Now, armed conflict in the European region has increased uncertainty and fear.
This week-long online action is a chance for everyone and especially young people to speak up about all aspects of mental health, share personal stories of how to cope with difficulties in times of crisis and in general, and highlight the need for action.
European Youth Forum
European Youth Forum is an official partner this year’s European Mental Health Week. The European Youth Forum is at the forefront of the ‘2022 European Year of Youth’ ensuring that 2022 has a long-lasting positive impact on young people by pushing for sustainable and positive policy changes.
The European Youth Forum also carried out research summarised in the report “Beyond Lockdown: the ‘pandemic scar’ on young people” highlighting the deep social, economic, but also mental health challenges and barriers that young people are facing as a consequence of the pandemic. This report shows that there are not enough national policy responses to support young people’s mental health. Immediate action at European and national level is crucial to address the mental health needs of young people in Europe.
Stay Tuned Or Get Engaged!
If you would like to stay tuned on Mental Health Europe (MEH), and this year's edition of The European Mental Health Week please follow MEH's website and social media accounts:
If you would like to know more about how to get engaged, please visit MHE's 'Engagement Toolkit' *HERE*
Sources: Mental Health Europe. Link: https://www.mhe-sme.org/emhw/