This website is part of the MentALLY project, a pilot project* which has received funding from the European Parliament.
Conference on Improving European Mental Healthcare:
From research and co-creation with stakeholders to developing practical tools
The closing conference of the MentALLY project has taken place from the 5th until the 6th of September 2019 in Rethymnon (Crete, Greece).


The Mentally conference was introduced by Dr. Stefan Schreck (Head of Health Information Unit, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers). Dr. Schreck gave an inspiring overview of European initiatives aimed at improving European mental health care.

The MentALLY project is a European pilot project that places particular emphasis on the role of stigma within primary and specialized mental healthcare. During this conference we have presented our research results (focus groups with health professionals & clients, an analysis of the public debate on mental healthcare). We have discussed the potential implications these results might have for improving European mental healthcare.

Furthermore, we will launch a freely available Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for health professionals with a focus on reflective practice (tackling stigma) and models for co-constructed problem assessment with clients.

We also have welcomed an inspiring key note lecture from Dr. Jim White titled 'Getting beneath the tip of the iceberg: developing multi-level, multi-purpose interventions for common mental health problems.'

Dr. Jim White worked for over thirty years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the National Health Service and was the originator of the highly innovative and successful ‘Glasgow STEPS’ approach to common mental health problems. STEPS offered a six-level model ranging from individual therapy to population-level interventions. It was designed to deliver, in an area of high deprivation, immediate help to very large numbers and to offer genuine choice to the service-users. Jim has acted as a National Advisor to the Scottish Government and is best known for ‘Stress Control’, a large-class didactic approach widely used in the NHS and beyond.
Jim White during his presentation on the Closing Conference in Crete.

This website is part of the MentALLY project, a pilot project* which has received funding from the European Parliament.
* Pilot Projects is an initiative „of an experimental nature designed to test the feasibility of an action and its usefulness“ and permits appropriations for it to be entered in the EU budget for more than two consecutive financial years.

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