The EU-Compass is a mechanism to collect, exchange and analyse information on European countries’ policy and stakeholder activities in mental health. The Finnish Association for Mental Health (FAMH) is one of the four organisations that form the consortium that is implementing a three-year project (2015-18) to disseminate the European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing resulting from the Joint Action Mental Health and Wellbeing and to monitor mental health and wellbeing policies and activities by Member States and non-governmental stakeholders. The EU-Compass consists of the following areas:
- the identification and dissemination of European good practices in mental health
- the collection of data on stakeholders’ and member states activities in mental health through three annual surveys
- the organisation of three annual reports and forum events
- holding national cross-sectoral mental health workshops in each Member State and Iceland and Norway during the project
In addition, the EU Compass will support the work of the EU-Group of Governmental Experts on Mental Health and Well-being through the preparation of four scientific papers. The aim is to develop these scientific reports in collaboration with the Group and under consultation of non-governmental stakeholders into consensus papers.
The EU-Compass focuses on seven priority areas:
- preventing depression & promoting resilience
- better access to mental health services
- providing community-based mental health services
- preventing suicide
- mental health at work
- mental health in schools
- developing integrated governance approaches.
It builds on over ten years of EU-level cooperation in mental health initiatives, in which some key milestones have been:
- the Green Paper - Improving the mental health of the population: Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union (2005)
- the mental health conference held in June 2008, where the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being was launched
- the Council of the European Union conclusions on the European Pact from June 2011
- the Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013-2016), which was borne out of the abovementioned Council conclusions and in which the FAMH coordinated one of the work packages
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