On 3 December, the European Parliament Interest Group on Mental health, Well-being and Brain Disorders held a meeting entitled “New horizons for person-centred mental health research and care”. This event is jointly organised by the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and GAMIAN-Europe.
The aim of the event was to make a strong case to ensure a meaningful place for person-centred mental health research and care at the EU and national levels.
In recent years, issues related to mental health care and services have increasingly been part of EU and national research agendas. In parallel, the notion and importance of person-centred mental health services has gained ground.
There is general consensus on the crucial importance of this concept: all mental health stakeholders – e.g. patients, health care professionals, policymakers, care and service providers – agree that person-centredness is essential if appropriate. Effective and high-quality mental health care services are to be developed and delivered. And indeed, a number of recent and current EU-funded research projects explicitly take into account this perspective.
As the EU is about to embark on a new, comprehensive and large-scale research programme, the Interest Group, GAMIAN-Europe and the EPA felt strongly that the time was ripe to organise a policy event with a specific focus on person-centred mental health research and care.
This event aims to:
- underline the importance of person-centred mental health research and care and increase the visibility of this topic;
- exchange views on how a person-centred perspective can be ensured in EU funded and other research addressing mental health;
- inform about ongoing research focusing on mental health in a person-centred way;
- stimulate discussion amongst stakeholders and forge links for future cooperation;
- underline the importance for Horizon Europe to take person-centredness as a guiding principle for future EU-funded mental health research.
To read the event Press Release, please click here.