Last May 16th, the meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Mental Health, Well being and Brain Disorders was held in the European Parliament. It was the occasion to launch a Call to Action: an invitation to use effective means for the empowerment of persons with mental health issues and their self-management of care and treatment.
The document includes the whole spectrum of empowerment tools in different levels – individual, organisational, social, political – all were presented in a meeting on March 2018 by GAMIAN-Europe (Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe) and the group of experts representing the stakeholders of European organisations.
There were five MEPs (Member of the European Parliament) who shared their motives and insight. A wide range of representatives (mental health specialists, patients and carers) participated in the discussion on the new document Call to Action by offering more precise statements and formulations. The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) was represented by Assoc. Prof. Rūta Sargautytė, member of the Lithuanian Association of Psychology.
After this meeting, there is a proposal to present this Call to Action to the European society and specialists of health care. The European organisations present were invited to sign this document and to encourage politicians to initiate changes in all European countries.
More detailed information about this meeting and Call to Action can be found here.