June 7, 2023 – 3:26 PM
Sztella Kiriákidész, European Commission member responsible for health, gives a press conference on the Commission’s mental health program in Brussels, June 7, 2023 – Photo: MTI/EPA/Olivier Hoslet
The Council announced on Wednesday that the European Commission is supporting initiatives with €1.23 billion for effective prevention of mental illness, access to high-quality and affordable mental health care and treatment, and social reintegration after recovery.
According to the rationale, before the coronavirus pandemic, according to surveys, about 84 million people were suffering from some form of mental illness in the EU, and the situation has worsened in recent years. As they write, the total cost of mental health problems, that is, the costs to health systems and social security programmes, as well as costs that include reduced employment and reduced productivity of employees, is estimated at more than 4 percent of EU countries’ GDP, which equates to more than 600 billion euros annually.
In the future, the Committee will support programs that contribute to the promotion of mental health in a comprehensive policy manner, in addition to facilitating access to training and exchange programs for professionals, as well as technical support for reforms at the level of Member States related to mental health. Accessibility to maintaining and restoring mental health has been previously discussed in detail on Telex, in the report film below.
According to the committee’s announcement, special attention will be given in the future to measures to support the psychological protection of children and youth. In addition to those listed, projects that promote mental health protection for older people, those in difficult financial situations, or immigrants and refugees may also receive targeted support.
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