A new Eurobarometer survey on mental health found that nine out of ten respondents (89 percent) believe that promoting mental health is as important as promoting physical health. At the same time, less than half of respondents believe that people with mental health problems have the same access to care as those with other illnesses. In addition, nearly half of respondents (46 percent) have experienced emotional or psychosocial problems, such as feeling depressed or anxious, in the past twelve months. According to the survey, more than half (54 percent) had not received help from a specialist for a mental health problem. These results show that it is crucial to continue working on mental health at the EU level.
Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, will host a high-level conference on mental health, based on the comprehensive approach to mental health presented by the Commission in June 2023. The event will be attended by Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium, as well as hundreds of representatives from EU institutions, national governments, European organizations and other interested partners.
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