Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority
Mental health problems affect our lives, families, workplaces and communities, impacting everyone. October 10th is the day of World Mental Health since 2013, when WHO initiated to dedicate this day to mental health issues all over the world and raise awareness about mental health in the hope to mobilize efforts to support those experiencing mental health and make sure that mental health is treated on a par with physical health.
Both as individuals and as a society we need to do as much as possible to prevent mental ill-health and call on national and local governments to prioritise reducing the factors known to pose a risk to people’s mental health, enhancing those known to protect it and creating the conditions needed for people to thrive.
Joint Action on Implementation of Best Practices in the area of Mental Health (JA ImpleMENTAL) is an EU-Commission initiative funded by the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme (2014-2020) started on 1st October 2021) that will run for three years. It is coordinated at a European and national level by the National Public Health Organization (NPHO Greece ) involving 39 participating organizations from competent authorities and 19 affiliated entities of 21 EU/EEA countries.
JA ImpleMENTAL is going to keep it’s first Annual Consortium Meeting as a hybrid event on 17-18 October, 2022 in Zagreb, where project partners, and their stakeholders will gather face to face and online with the overall aim to facilitate the transfer and pilot implementation of the two JA best practices and address bottlenecks early enough ahead of the second year. The two days’ long Annual Consortium Meeting will be also a forum to evaluate communication and dissemination activities, as well as project management. The event organised by the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) in cooperation with the Lead partner, the National Public Health Organization (NPHO) of Greece will provide a unique opportunity to deep dive in the challenges and success stories generated by the implementation of the 2 best practices and further national activities across 20 countries (17 EU Member States, 2 EEA countries and 1 EU candidate country) that are benefiting from the ImpleMENTAL Joint Action.
About JA ImpleMENTAL
The goal of JA ImpleMENTAL is to improve citizens’ mental health, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic focusing on the adaptation and transfer of two selected best practices in mental health, pre-selected by the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention (Member States) from the pool of the EU’s Public Health Best Practice Portal: the “Mental health reform in Belgium” (focusing on establishing local networks for mental health to strengthen community-based provision of preventive care services across sectors in order to improve access to continuity and quality of care) and the Austrian best practice on suicide prevention “SUPRA” a multi-level suicide prevention strategy that integrates universal, selective and indicated prevention interventions, based on the local implementation context and building upon existing resources and initiatives.
JA ImpleMENTAL will extend the benefits of the selected two best practices by transferring and implementing them as a pilot in the participating countries and to improve and promote mental health via an innovative and sustainable (mental) health system change, as well as to reinforce capacity and address system transformation, in particular to support citizen centred and integrated approaches, increase system efficiency, build and maintain healthy alliances across sectors, and reinforce the coordination between national and regional authorities.