European Mental Health Week 2022: speak up to shape a brighter future for young people

From 9 to 13 May we pay global attention to our mental health. The theme of this year’s European Mental Health Week is ‘Speak up for mental health’ and is dedicated to youth mental health as a high-profile societal issue now and in the future.

Why this event?

Mental health was already a major challenge before the pandemic, but as a consequence of the pandemic mental health problems among young people (15-24 years) have doubled over the last two years in most European countries. Moreover, the war in Ukraine can have devastating long-term consequences on the mental health of children and young people. Immediate action at European and national level is crucial to address the mental health needs of young people in Europe.

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What is the European Mental Health Week about?

This week is a call to everyone, not just the youth, to talk to each other about our mental health. Various mental health actions are already going on. Research groups and institutes can take direct action by contributing to one of the many mental health research programmes available to study causal mechanisms and develop (early) interventions.

Interesting calls: EU4Health, Horizon Europe and Wellcome Trust Foundation

Mental health is high on the European agenda. Earlier this year, EU4Health, launched its work programme for 2022 with one of the four objectives being to protect people by improving and fostering health promotion and disease prevention. One of the priorities is to address mental health challenges with different calls focused on children and young people (Q1) and migrants and refugees (upcoming in Q2).

Horizon Europe’s Health programme has dedicated one of its six destinations called ‘Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society’ to mental health and has published calls to boost mental health in Europe. Another example is the Wellcome Trust Foundation which supports discovery research, understanding and treatments in the area of mental health.

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Are you concerned with improving mental health amongst society? And are you working on a project that offers a valuable contribution to this issue? Than contact us for more information on these and other grant opportunities for researching mental health! Our specialists will be pleased to support you and your project.

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