On the 21st of April, BOOST had the pleasure of attending and actively contributing to the Stakeholder webinar “A comprehensive approach to mental health” organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE). Opened by a keynote address by Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, the event aimed to gather concrete ideas for action on mental health to support the Commission’s work on building a comprehensive approach to mental health, whose adoption is planned for Q2 of 2023 according to the EC’s Work Programme 2023. 

Ahead of the meeting, the European Commission opened a collection of virtual posters about best and promising practices with an EU added value looking at promoting good mental health, preventing and detecting early mental health problems, tackling psychosocial risks at work, improving access to treatment and care of mental health problems and/or improve the quality of life of patients and their families. BOOST was selected together with 21 other posters, and the event provided a unique opportunity for the project (represented by Marco Di Donato, Policy and Project Officer at EUREGHA, BOOST WP7 Leader) to further showcase and explain the benefits of the #BOOSTApproach to a wide audience of relevant stakeholders active in the field at national and European levels. 

Here is a BOOST poster preview: 

All the posters are available here. You can find the flash report and more information about the event here. 

This contribution follows the response to the call for evidence submitted by BOOST in February 2023 and the featuring of BOOST as good practice in the European Commission’s Healthier Together – NCDs initiative published in June 2022, confirming the intention of the project to contribute to shape the new European approach on mental health and promote mental health in future generations. 

All the outcomes from the project will be presented during the BOOST Final Conference on the 23rd of May (hybrid). Don’t miss it!