As part of EuropeActive’s commitment to promote and safeguard an inclusive and welcoming environment for all across the fitness and physical activity ecosystem, and in close collaboration with EuropeActive’s Inclusion Advisory Group, we are delighted to celebrate and promote  European Mental Health Week! This is further correlated with our European activities as it falls under our awareness-raising activities for our #HealthyLifestyle4All pledge.
Mental Health Europe’s Communication Manager, Jackie Mellese, has kindly shared with us  further insights into the annual European Mental Health Week campaign.
Mental Health Europe (MHE) is gearing up to host the fourth edition of the European Mental Health Week on 22-28 May 2023 from 22-28 May 2023. This pan-European initiative seeks to build on the long-standing global tradition of observing Mental Health Awareness month in May, by raising awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing while reducing the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health, with increased awareness and value given to mental health by individuals, communities and governments. It is now time to match this value with commitment, engagement and investment by all stakeholders, across all sectors.  The ongoing polycrisis is taking a toll on people's mental health, emphasizing the urgent need for individuals, communities, and societies to develop a better understanding of mental health and invest in necessary resources to promote wellbeing.
The theme for the 2023 European Mental Health Week is ‘Mentally Healthy Communities’. Mental health is universal and essential for the well-being of any thriving society. This year's Awareness Week will focus on improving learning and understanding about mental health in communities, schools, workplaces, and homes, ensuring that everyone can thrive and flourish at every stage of life.
MHE is excited to announce that on Wednesday 24th May, a high-level hybrid Policy Event ‘How Mentally Healthy Communities Can Make Us Thrive’ will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels where key policy recommendations will be released. These recommendations will focus on empowering communities to be inclusive and assist individuals with the support and skills they need to flourish.  
The policy recommendations aim to provide comprehensive understanding of the social, cultural, and relational factors impacting mental health. While individual skills are important, structural changes must be put in place to enhance protective factors and mitigate risk factors related to broader socio-economic and environmental determinants of mental health.
During the European Mental Health Week, MHE will offer a diverse range of online events, resources, and social media activities aimed at promoting mental wellbeing. MHE members, partners, and organizations across Europe will be hosting events and initiatives throughout the week, highlighting the importance of mental health in all aspects of life.
This Awareness Week is an opportunity for everyone to come together, exchange views about mental wellbeing, share stories, and highlight the need for adequate knowledge and learning about mental health in communities, schools, workplaces, and homes, so everyone can thrive regardless of their age or life stage. Join MHE in promoting mentally healthy communities in Europe and beyond.
For further information about Mental Health Europe, please visit www.mhe-sme.org and for more information about the European Mental Health Week, please browse www.mhe-sme.org/emhw.
For any queries, send an e-mail to: info@mhe-sme.org
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