Successful Mental Health in All Policies conference held in Helsinki

Mental Health in All Policies conference brought together a broad range of experts, decision makers and other stakeholders in Helsinki 11-12 May, 2015. Conference theme was Supporting sustainability and growth in Europe, which vividly highlighted the importance of mental health and wellbeing as one of the success factors for flourishing societies and a prerequisite for economic growth. There is no health without mental health, and both of these are built in all areas of life. Participants at the conference Opening notescame mainly from the Nordic and Baltic countries and represented civil servants and other influencers from a variety of sectors and national, regional and local levels of government. There were also representatives from international and local NGOs as well as academic researchers.

The plenaries and breakout sessions covered, for example, costs and benefits of addressing mental health issues, mental health promotion across the lifespan, workforce mental health and productivity, and cities as platforms for mental health. Good practices for partnerships across sectors and for mental health impact assessment and implementation were also discussed. The delegates also worked together to start shaping conference conclusions, which will be finalised by end of June 2015.

Professor Martin Knapp, Costs and benefits of addressing mental health issuesThe conference was organised jointly by The Finnish Association for Mental Health, The Finnish Ministry for Social Affairs and Health, and The Health Unit of the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea)

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