MENTAL HEALTH EUROPE
With more than 70 members in 30 countries, Mental Health Europe is the largest European network organisation working to actively promote mental health and wellbeing in Europe and advocating for the human rights of mental health service users, people with psychosocial disabilities, as well as for their families and careers. In MHE’s understanding, every individual’s mental health can be positively and negatively impacted by a series of different factors and life events. For this reason, MHE works closely with the European Institutions and international bodies to mainstream mental health in all policies and end mental health stigma.
Mental Health Europe advocates for a psychosocial approach to mental health which, instead of defining mental ill-health as a ‘disease’ or ‘illness’ caused by purely biological factors, looks into a person’s life and social environment, treating these factors as equally important in understanding well-being and mental ill health. It values the experience lived by people who have experienced mental distress and recognises them as experts in their own lives.
Mental Health Europe represents organisations and individuals in the field of mental health including users of mental health services and their families and careers, professionals, service providers and volunteers. Together with our members, the Brussels team formulates recommendations for policy makers to develop mental health friendly policies.