Mental Health Europe’s new video on the right to work

Mental Health Europe has recently launched a new animated video on Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) on the right to work.

Article 27 of the UN CRPD recognises that every person with a disability including people with psychosocial disabilities have the right to work like everyone else and should never be discriminated against. It hopes to ensure that people with psychosocial disabilities can find and keep quality employment through support in their job search and in the workplace.

Watch the video to find answers to the following questions: What is the UN CRPD? What is Art. 27 about ? What is the right to work? What is a psychosocial disability? What is reasonable accommodation? 



Register now: EUMH Alliance Event -World Mental Health Day 2017

Mental health promotion in the workplace –
A multi stakeholder dialogue”

Wednesday 11th October 2017 | 09:00 -16:30 |
Mundo-B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels | Conference room |

The European Alliance for Mental Health – Employment & Work , the European Committee of the Regions Interregional Group on Health and Wellbeing and EUREGHA are pleased to invite you to the event “Mental health in the workplace – A multi stakeholder dialogue” which will take place in Brussels on the 11th October.

The conference will explore mental health prevention and promotion in the workplace and will showcase promising practices from both the public and private sectors. This event aims to foster dialogue between relevant actors on how to make positive mental health a reality in all workplaces.

Addressing mental health in workplace settings means preventing psychosocial workplace risks, promoting resilience and wellbeing, enabling early detection of poor mental health, supporting rehabilitation of workers facing mental ill health, and reducing stigma.

In this event participants will: 
  • Discuss the impact of mental ill health on productivity, economic growth and social inclusion
  • Explore the social determinants of mental health
  • Understand how to identify and address psychosocial risk factors in the workplace
  • Determine how to ensure good multi-stakeholder cooperation
  • Learn from promising practices in Europe

Who should join: 

  • Mental health service users
  • Occupational Health and Safety professionals and support workers
  • Health and mental health professionals
  • Human resources
  • Policy makers
  • Representatives from NGOs and other organisations
  • Trade unions
  • Employees, employers and front-line managers

If would like to join us, please click below to download the agenda and fill in the registration form. Please note that places are limited. Your registration will be confirmed only if you receive a confirmation email in the coming weeks.



World Health Day Depression: the biggest barrier to workplace well-being


Brussels, 7th April 2017

On World Health Day 2017, the European Alliance for Mental Health Employment and Work (EUMH Alliance) calls for better mental health promotion and prevention at work. The Alliance believes that investing in mental-health promotion, prevention of and recovery from mental health problems, and stigma reduction at work is key to fair, healthy and growing societies.

Depression is a challenge for people experiencing it and those close to them, but is also a puzzle for European health systems and labour markets. Depression is common, with one in seven people likely to experience it, and carries significant personal, societal, and economic costs. Work-related depression costs across EU Member States represented nearly €620 billion in 2012, including employee absenteeism and lost economic output[1]. To build strong, fair economies and resilient workplaces, action on mental health in the workplace is urgently needed.

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in Europe and worldwide, and accounts for up to 50% of long-term instances of sick leave and disability. Up to 70% of people with depression do not seek help and support and less than half receive treatment. Therefore, the EUMH Alliance is pleased to see that the World Health Organization recognises depression as a major public health concern.

Addressing depression in workplace settings means preventing psychosocial workplace risks, promoting resilience and wellbeing, enabling early detection of poor mental health, supporting rehabilitation of workers facing mental ill health, and reducing stigma.

There is an important role for all in the workplace. Managers should foster a culture of openness in which employees are supported in times of ill health and returning from sick leave. Co-workers should be aware of the realities of mental ill-health and not be driven by prejudice. Employees must know that, as with physical illness, a welfare safety net exists and can be relied upon. This is particularly important for workers from disadvantaged backgrounds, who often lack tools to increase their own resilience.

The EUMH Alliance recommends a number of steps to support individuals facing mental health difficulties at work and minimise the impact on the labour market, including:

  • Increase organisational training and support for managers to recognise the first signs of depression (and other related mental health difficulties) in employees.
  • Implement anti-stigma campaigns in the workplace.
  • Ensure targeted mental health promotion across work levels, so that people from different socioeconomic backgrounds can profit from enhanced well-being.
  • Establish mechanisms which support those who need time off before returning to work.
  • Increase engagement between employers, policy-makers, and advocates to find solutions that empower workers and benefit employers.

[1] Matrix Insights, 2012


EuroHealthNet calls for new EU Commission occupational health and safety plan to include mental health and wellbeing improvements



Following the European Commission’s announced proposals for an action plan to improve EU rules concerning health and safety for people at work, member of the EUMH Alliance EuroHealthNet has called for physical and mental well being of workers to be included in occupational health and safety measures, stressing the important link between physical and mental health.

EuroHealthNet emphasized  the importance of health promotion at work, and in particular the prevention of mental ill health. The challenge for the European Commission is to consider how the changing nature of work is influencing health and well-being, and what impact this has on productivity and economic growth.

  • Read more EuroHealthNet’s  response to the announcement HERE

EU Commission publishes a guide on health and safety at work

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The European Commission published a practical guide providing an overview of the main obligations and existing tools and resources to help employers applying occupational safety and health rules. The guide addresses a wide range of occupational issues, including the link between physical and mental health. It underlines the importance of healthy work environments and addresses psychosocial risks and factors.

Read the guide HERE