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EU Pact for Mental Health and Well-being

European pact for mental health - see European pact for mental health and well-being 

Council Conclusions on 'The European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being : results and future actions:




1. Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People – Making it happen

Thematic Conference Mental health in Youth and Education Organised by European Commission and Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency

Stockholm, 29th - 30th September 2009
Hotel Hilton, Stockholm, Slussen

EFPA was represented by EC member Prof. Roger Lecuyer (FR) and our Norwegian colleague Prof. Arne Holte. 

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2. Prevention of Depression and suicide - Making it happen

Organised by the European Commission and Hungarian Ministry of Health with the Support of the Swedish Presidency of the EU and in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe

Budapest, 10th - 11th December 2009
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest 

EFPA was represented by Sarmite Lucava (LV) and Arne Holte (NO) who gave a presentation about : Good practice in getting psychotherapy and primary care to collaborate - How to make professional psychological treatment available to people?

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3. Mental Health in Older People

The April 19-20 planned conference was postponed due to the air traffic restrictions in the aftermath of the Icelandic volcano eruption.

New date : June 28-29, 2010

Hotel Melia Castilla, Madrid

EFPA was represented by EC member An-Magritt Aanonsen (NO) and Rocio Fernandez-Ballesteros (ES) 

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4. Combating Stigma and Promoting Social Inclusion

Lisbon, November 8-9, 2010

Altis Hotel, Lisbon (Portugal)

This conference is organised jointly by the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers and the Portuguese Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, and the Portuguese Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity. The conference has the support of the Belgian Presidency of the EU. It is part of the activities under the 2010 European Year Against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

A paper with more information can be found here pdf - 19 KB [19 KB] .

The draft conference programme can be found here pdf - 135 KB [135 KB]

(Please note that the speakers mentioned may still require confirmation and are at this stage only indicative).

A background document is under preparation.

Participation in the conference is possible on invitation only.

The thematic conference is organised around five sub-themes:

1.     Social protection, social inclusion and mental health

2.     Breaking the cycle of discrimination  due to mental health problems

3.     Employment and meaningful activities  as routes to recovery

4.     Rights, responsibility and citizenship

5.     Comprehensive care for people with mental health problems

EFPA was represented by Executive Council member Veronika Polisenska (CZ)

More information: here


5. Mental Health in Workplace Settings

Thematic Conference under the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being organised by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Health in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs with the support of the Hungarian EU-Presidency

Berlin, 3rd - 4th March 2011
BCC Conference Center, Berlin

The fifth and final Thematic Conference in the implementation series will address complex issues surrounding mental health in workplaces. The event aims to make the public health case for action, and will address the following questions:

1. How can a more holistic approach to mental well-being at work be strengthened? 

2. What opportunities exist for social welfare to support workplace initiatives to strengthen the ability of individuals to cope with the stress and strains of working life?

3. How might funders of health care systems and social welfare/security collaborate with workplace stakeholders to implement measures to promote and protect mental health?

4. What specific principles are salient to foster well-being and increase mental capital in different types of organisations - private and public, small, medium or large?

For more information, please see the Commission mental health web pages at:

The conference on Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Workplaces (Berlin, 3 – 4 March) is by invitation only. If you haven’t received an invitation letter, and you wish to attend the conference please contact:

EFPA will be represented by EC member Veronika Polisenska (CZ) and Expert Prof. Dr. Dieter Zapf (DE)

EFPA presented an 'invited paper' to this conference called 'Mental Health and wellbeing at the workplace - What psychology tells us'.

The psychology of work and organization (W&O psychology) sheds a different light on the aetiology of mental health and wellbeing at work, emphasizing the role of the work organization and of human agency, and emphasizes the necessity of extending customary health promotion with a preventive strategy that involves work design, people-oriented management and workplace democracy.

EFPA What psychology tells us - Invited paper to EU Conf March 2011 Mental Health Workplace Settings


EFPA support statement to EU pact MH and Well being

EFPA support statement on the EU Pact on Mental Health and Well-being  

March 1, 2010 

The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) represents the academic discipline and profession of psychology in Europe. It has member associations in 35 European countries, including 26 countries of the European Union, with a total membership of more than 250,000 psychologists.  

EFPA is committed to the continuing development of psychological research, teaching and practice in Europe. Through EuroPsy, the European Certificate in Psychology, it sets a standard for competence and ethics in psychological practice throughout Europe. EFPA endorses the principle of responsible expertise, that is, it seeks responsibility for all matters on which psychology holds knowledge and professional competence. Through a broad range of activities it contributes to the promotion of human health, wellbeing, creative and productive performance, and social participation.  

EFPA emphasizes that health promotion should be based on the insight that health is tightly intertwined with these other dimensions of human life. Health, including mental health, is a continuously changing state produced in a path-dependent way by the interplay of genetics, exposure to environmental conditions, and human activity. This activity, individual and social, influences health in many ways: it can damage, strain, or exhaust, but also protect, strengthen, and recuperate the person.

Psychological expertise is indispensible for understanding the role of human activity in health, including its mental and physical aspects and their interrelationships. It enables psychology to make an important contribution in shaping effective health policies.  

Given the foregoing, EFPA has eagerly welcomed the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being. It considers the aims of the Pact to be very valuable and its methods well chosen.

The aims of the Pact fit very well in EFPA’s view of a future Europe, as laid down in its comments on EU 2020 (

EFPA expresses the full support of Europe’s psychologists to the implementation of the Pact for Mental health and Well-being. It offers its help in the realization of the Pact, amongst others by providing input into the thematic conferences on mental health and well-being, sharing information on best practices, disseminating recommendations through its member associations, and supporting member associations in initiatives on mental health and well-being within EU Member States.   

Prof. dr. Robert A. Roe

President of EFPA