28 January, 2013
28 January, 2013
16 July, 2012
22 June, 2012
22 March, 2012
Prof. Dr. Jutta Lindert, MPH
Professor of Public Health
University of Emden, Emden, Germany
Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
Prof. Vivianne Kovess-Masfety, MD, EHESP
Prof. Silvia Florescu, MD, University of Bucarest
Section activities at the 6th European Public Health Conference, Brussels, 13-16 November 2013
For the first time in history, three EUPHA sections organized a preconference on the needs for monitoring and research in public mental health. The event was organised by the EUPHA sections on Public mental health, Urban health and Public health monitoring and reporting. Click here for the programme.
The section held its annual meeting during the 6th European Public Health Conference, Brussels, 15 November 2013. Click here for the report on the section's activities in 2013 and plans for 2014.
The section Public Mental Health was established in 2006 in Montreux. The section currently has 718 members. Click here to join the section.
The section participates in PHIRE (Public Health Innovation and Research in Europe), an EU-funded collaborative project for EUPHA member associations and Sections.
A summary of activities of the EUPHA Public Mental Health Section and call for activities in the next months can be found here.
Workshops at our conferences:
Workshop 2010: The impact of stressful life events on mental health
Workshop 2009: Epidemiology of mental health in the European Union
Workshop 2008: Culture and mental health
Workshop 2005: Continuing the debate on the future of Public Health in Europe: theory, directions and capacity building
Aims of the section
The section's objectives are to:
The section encourages presentations at the annual EUPHA meeting and organizes yearly at least one workshop on conceptual and/ or methodological issues. Next to the activities at the annual meeting, national and international workshops and conferences will be stimulated and publications for the European Journal of Public Health will be prepared and encouraged.
The past decade has brought a heightened awareness of the global impact of mental disorders as regards prevalence, severity, disability and mortality. According to the global burden of disease study (Murray and Lopez, 1996) neuropsychiatric conditions will be 2010 among the four leading causes of disease burden in developed regions of the world accounting for 22% of “disability adjusted life years” (DALYS). Mental Health is high on the agenda of European health policy. In January 2005, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held a ministerial conference in Helsinki (Finland), which resulted in launching a mental health declaration and a mental health action plan. In March 2006, the European Commission launched a “Green Paper on Mental Health” to start a consultation process on mental health and mental health promotion in the European region.
These research results and initiatives not only strengthen further research to improve knowledge on the biological, social, psychological and political risk factors for mental health, but also stimulate the development of policies and practices to establish a basis for preventive action. Problems relating to Mental Health are a Public Health priority. In line with the EU action plan 2006-2010, and the EU “Green paper”, it is necessary to increase the networking and capacity in the field of Mental Health in the European Region. The Public Health sector has the best equipped group of professionals and experts to increase the capacity in the Mental Health field.
The mental health impact of intentional and unintentional injuries and violence, culture and mental health and research and intervention programmes on mental health promotion are currently major topics of Public Mental Health Section.