About JA

JA on Implementation of
Best Practices in the area
of Mental Health

General Objectives of the Project

The general objectives of this JA related to the implementation
of the two best practices are:

  • To support the establishment of networks for knowledge-sharing and peer learning for the effective implementation of the best practices;
  • To capture, understand and map the current situation of mental health and mental health services and identify needs and knowledge gaps for the establishment, improvement or scale-up of intersectoral community-based and client-centred mental health networks and services within participating countries;
  • To capture, understand and map the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, with a focus on vulnerable groups and emerging vulnerable groups, the latter including young people and health care workers;
  • To contribute to generating and disseminating knowledge about barriers and facilitators for the development and implementation of inter-sectoral community-based and client/user-centred mental health promotion and care services and prevention as well as suicide prevention strategies in European countries;
  • To improve the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly population by facilitating their access to care, as well as promoting and improving the continuity, quality and coherence of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative mental health services adapted to their individual needs and provided in their local and social environment;
  • To increase the efficiency of and accessibility to the mental health system;
  • To work across disciplines and increase integration of mental health in primary care thus contributing towards developing health-care services providing more person-centred, coordinated care to people with (often comorbid) mental and physical health conditions;
  • To support a shift in the governance and organisation of mental health services from institutionalised mental health care towards the (sustainable) establishment of community-based and client-centred local networks for integrated mental health services in the participating EU Member States;
  • To contribute to reducing suicide mortality in Europe;
  • To contribute to a better and more efficient use of data and information for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of intersectoral, community-based and client/user-centred mental health promotion and care services and prevention

Additional general objectives that support the dissemination,
evaluation and sustainability of the good practices in this JA include:

  • To establish sustained cooperation of relevant Member State authorities in the area of Mental Health and involving a wide variety of stakeholders to share a common and global vision about mental health.
  • To outline and support steps to integrate JA achievements and lessons learned into the (mental) health policies in Europe.
  • To consolidate lessons learned about the implementation process of good practices in mental health in a format that can inform policy planning and priority setting within Member States
  • To actively engage national and international players, to the JA ImpleMENTAL to learn and reflect their needs and expectations explore views on mental health reform (including suicide prevention), the implementation of the knowledge transfer and economic sustainability as well as suggest concrete ways to integrate the results in national and regional systems
  • To contribute to reducing the societal and economic burden of mental health disorders and promoting positive mental health and well-being as a key factor for social cohesion, economic and sustainable development across and within European countries.

Co-funded by the European Union's Health Programme