The European Commission is putting mental health at the center of its actions, as it is as important to our wellbeing as physical health. Therefore, the Commission just published a new comprehensive approach to mental health with 20 flagship initiatives and EUR 1.23 billion in EU funding. EU action on mental health will focus on three guiding principles:
(i) adequate and effective prevention,
(ii) access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare and treatment, and
(iii) reintegration into society after recovery.
This comprehensive approach looks at mental health across all policies to recognise the multifaceted risk factors of mental-ill health. Following this approach, concrete actions will cover a broad area of policies and include efforts to:
- Promote good mental health through prevention and early detection, including through a European depression and suicide prevention initiative, a European Code for Mental Health and strengthened research on brain health.
- Invest in training and capacity building that reinforces mental health across policies and improves access to treatment and care. Actions will include training and exchange programmes for professionals and technical support for mental health reforms at the national level.
- Ensure good mental health at work by raising awareness and improving prevention. This will be done for instance through EU-wide awareness raising campaigns by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and a possible future EU initiative on psycho-social risks at work.
- Protect children and the young during their most vulnerable and formative years, in a context of increasing pressures and challenges. Measures include a a child and youth mental health network, a prevention toolkit for children addressing the key health determinants of mental and physical health, and better protection online and on social media.
- Address vulnerable groups by providing targeted support to those most in need, such as the elderly, people in difficult economic or social situations and migrant/refugee populations. A special focus includes conflict-affected populations, notably people (in particular children) displaced from Ukraine and children in Ukraine subject to the trauma of war.
- Lead by example at the international level by raising awareness and providing quality mental health support in humanitarian emergencies.
One of these flagships, number 15, aims to support more and better trained professionals in the EU by achieving the target of around 2000 professionals trained across the EU by 2026 and on average 100 exchanges per year. Within this context, HaDEA has launched the call for tenders “Capacity-building on mental health: multidisciplinary training programme and exchange programme for health professionals”. The contractor will:
- Design, create, pilot, implement and evaluate a multidisciplinary hybrid training programme and an EU exchange programme for professionals working in the area of mental health;
- Develop a study to identify the needs, gaps and obstacles of current knowledge, competences and training needs of health professionals;
- Produce a toolkit on an EU multidisciplinary approach to mental health capacity-building.
Estimated budget: €9 000 000
All interested parties are invited to send their applications by 4 September 2023 16:00 (CEST).