The right to health, including mental health, is a principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights that all EU Member States have committed to uphold. This right however has been challenged by a mental health crisis evident across Europe, one which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency over the last few years. The pandemic saw a significant rise in persons experiencing depression, anxiety, and loneliness/isolation – many of whom still require support.
Given the importance of addressing cross-national concerns around mental health concerns in Europe, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the Think-tank for Action on Social Change organised a closed-door, online roundtable to discuss what lessons can be drawn from the last few yearsand how the EU can respond to this ongoing mental health crisis.
We presented the upcoming publication from FEPS and TASC, “Is an EU-wide Approach to the Mental Health Crisis Necessary?”. The study compares the responses of health systems in France, Ireland, and Poland to emerging mental health needs during the pandemic. This international roundtable was an opportunity for key stakeholders to consider whether an EU mental health strategy is necessary and what it might look like.
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