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FEAM Statement on Mental Health Policy Issues (2010)



Das Thema psychische Erkrankungen wurde in der EU-Politik bisher vernachlässigt. Die derzeitige Praxis in der Psychiatrie wird erschwert durch ein unzureichendes biologisches Verständnis psychischer Störungen, mangelnde Anerkennung, Stigmatisierung, ein Mangel an wirksamen Therapien und einen schlechten Zugang zur Gesundheitsversorgung. Der vorliegende Bericht stützt sich auf die Diskussion kritischer Fragen der Psychiatrie auf dem FEAM-Treffen in Prag 2009.

The present report draws on discussion from a Prague meeting organised in 2009 by FEAM (Federation of European Academies of Medicine) to review some of the critical issues in contemporary psychiatry and is intended to provide advice to decision-makers at the EU and national levels in developing a more coherent policy for mental health. We cover policy priorities relating to research and public health for major contributors to the disease burden, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and their co-morbidities. We also address cross-cutting issues for mental health policy, including stigma, suicide, addiction, workplace stress and the challenges of adolescence and ageing.

Our recommendations focus on the needs

  • (i) to achieve better understanding of the psychosocial and biological factors in mental disorders, together with their interactions;
  • (ii) to capitalise on scientific advances so as to develop more effective recognition, classification, diagnosis and therapy; and
  • (iii) to share best practice to optimise the delivery of health services.

Achieving a more productive linkage of research with clinical care requires improved epidemiology, increased investment in basic, clinical, translational and multidisciplinary research and its supporting infrastructure, and new approaches to networking of centres of excellence and public-private partnership to translate scientific advances into innovation.

Developing this coherent strategy for mental health requires increased commitment from the European Commission and Parliament. The biomedical community also has a major responsibility to engage with policymakers and the general public to communicate about mental health disorders, their determinants, triggers, risk factors and management.


Dr. Christiane Diehl

Stellv. Abteilungsleiterin Internationale Akademiennetzwerke (IAP, EASAC)

Tel. 0345 - 47 239 - 831
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 839
E-Mail christiane.diehl @leopoldina.org


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