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ImpleMENTAL – Joint Action on best practice in mental health

Karmen Korda Orlović and Prof Danijela Štimac Grbić, Croatian Institute of Public health, Croatia

Mental health problems are one of the greatest public health challenges. They are particularly significant in the context of the pandemic and other current crises.

While many European countries have mental health strategies, policies or programmes in place, implementation remains a challenge and is unequal throughout Europe with most countries not having a suicide prevention strategy in effect.

This is why a Joint Action has been launched on best practice in mental health which started in October 2021 and will last until the end of September 2023. This new Joint Action aims to support member states in the preparation of the national/regional/local team and environment for the implementation of best practices in mental health and suicide prevention. It will showcase best practise including - the community-based mental health system reform in Belgium and multilevel suicide prevention work in Austria, as well as extending the benefits of these best practices to participating member states.

The first best practice example “Mental health reform in Belgium” is based on the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care and focuses on establishing local networks for mental health and community-based services.

The second best practice example “SUPRA” is an evidence-based, multi-level suicide prevention strategy that integrates universal, selective, and indicated prevention interventions based on the local implementation context and buildingon existing resources and initiatives.

In order to support member states in implementing best practice, ImpleMENTAL intends to reinforce capacity to address system transformation, achieve a strong involvement of national/regional governmental actors, and establish sustained cooperation of relevant member state authorities in the area of mental health.

ImpleMENTAL brings together 40 organisations from 21 countries of the European Union / European Economic Area and is organized into 6 Work Packages four horizontal and one for each best practice.