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EP question to the Commission about 2014 as the European Year of Mental Health and the Brain

Wednesday 14 December 2011

The co-Chairs of the Mental Health Interest Group in the European Parliament, Nessa Childers (Ireland), Marian Harkin (Ireland), Jean Lambert (UK) and Antonyia Parvanova (Bulgaria) have asked the Commission to give its views on the designation of 2014 as European Year of Mental Health and the Brain, and to indicate whether a proposal is forthcoming on the matter.

The co-Chairs pointed out that such a year would increase awareness of all brain diseases and mental health problems across the EU and also mentioned the following facts:

- brain diseases and mental health problems affect more than a quarter of the European population

- the total annual cost of brain diseases and mental illness in Europe is an estimated EUR 798 billion

- mood disorders – including depression and bipolar disorder – represent the highest cost (EUR 113 billion), followed by dementia (EUR 105 billion).

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