Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Finnish Association for Mental Health (FAMH) led the workpackage on integrating mental health in other public policies in the Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, which was being implemented by the European Commission and EU Member States in 2013-2016. This work, led by FAMH, aimed to identify and disseminate tools and good policy practices that support inclusion of mental health in the decision-making and work of non-health sectors.

Ministers of Health agreed at the European Council meeting in June 2011 to initiate a Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing. Read more>>>

In Finland, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health mandated FAMH to represent the country in the Joint Action workpackage on Mental Health in All Policies (MHiAP). The workpackage focused on mapping the understanding and state of the art of MHiAP, and identifying, evaluating and disseminating good practices for collaboration between the mental health sector and other sectors to promote population mental health in decision making processes, and to pilot the model for cross-sectoral collaboration in two of the participating countries.

The work started in 2013 with a survey of good practices in 10 partner countries and the data collection was extended to other Member States in 2014. The data collection concentrated on getting information on intersectoral collaboration practices with all kinds of policy sectors (such as employment, environment, education, culture, etc.) and at different policy leves (country, regional, local). The reported practices were assessed in the autumn of 2014 and 24 good policy level practices for exchange between Member States were selected for the Situation analysis and recommendations for action report. The good practices include, for instance, national mental health committees that help mainstream mental health issues, mental health impact assessment tools for policy decisions, local initiatives addressing mental health determinants in the community, and strategies to create collaboration with different sectors in mental health issues. The teport was published in December 2015.

As part of the dissemination process of the workpackage outcomes the Mental Health in All Policies – Supporting sustainability and growth in Europe conference was held on 11-12 May 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. You can read the Conference Conclusions, access other conference materials and read more about the conference from the Joint Action website. At the conference four sector-specific policy briefs produced by this workpackage were launched:

The policy recommendations from the five different workpackages of the Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing formed the basis for the European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, the main outcome of this initiative, which was launched at the Joint Action Final Conference in January 2016.

The following partners took part in the workpackage:

Associated partners:
Directorate of Health, Iceland
National Institute of Public Health, Norway
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, England, UK
Scottish Government, Scotland, UK

Collaborating partners:
Mental Health Europe, Belgium
European Social Network, UK
Austrian Ministry of Health, Austria
Danish Health and Medicines Authority, Denmark
State Mental Health Centre, Lithuania
Centrul National de Sanatate Mintala si Lupta Antidrog, Romania


Publications and documents related to mental health in all policies



Kristian Wahlbeck
Director of Development, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry

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