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WHO Europe launches Pan-European Mental Health Coalition

Thursday 30 September 2021

On 30 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe launched a new Pan-European Mental Health Coalition, dedicated to improving mental health across the WHO European Region in line with the priorities established by the European Programme of Work, 2020–2025. The Coalition is relevant for dementia policy, as dementia sits within the framework of Mental Health within the WHO.

The Coalition will target barriers to accessing high quality care and support by gathering national leaders, professionals, members of civil society, representatives of international organisations and experts to collaborate. Key priorities for the Coalition include transforming mental health services, as well as promoting mental health and preventing mental ill health across the life course.

Focal areas of the collaboration include shifting mental health care away from psychiatric institutions to community-based care; scaling up the mental health workforce; protecting and preserving the mental health of children, adolescents and young people; and strengthening initiatives to promote healthy ageing among older adults.

These priorities will be supported by leadership-building and advocacy initiatives, mental health literacy programmes, and a mental health data lab that will amass data on key indicators of population mental health to better serve all European countries in providing timely, affordable access to health care. Alzheimer Europe has been invited be a part of the Coalition, with Executive Director, Jean Georges, attending the launch event on 30 September. More details on the Pan-European Mental Health Coalition can be found at:

Pictured (LtR): Regional Director of WHO Europe Hans Kluge, HM Queen Mathilde, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides