Alessandra Silveira (Editor) and Maria Inês Costa (Master's student in Human Rights at University of Minho)
The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU 2021 Program reinforces the need to strengthen cooperation between Member States in the field of health, to support actions needed to increase the responsiveness of health services to threats to public health. In the debate regarding a “European Health Union” it is important to underscore that mental health is a transversal approach to all health policies. However, despite the many targeted resolutions covering urgent aspects of mental health, the debate on this issue never found its way to a comprehensive European framework. Indeed, it is critical to consider the impediments to mental healthcare, the costs of neglecting mental healthcare, and Covid-19 impact on increasing fatigue and its consequences on mental healthcare.
Above all, it is important to ponder that many mental disorders are shaped, to a large extent, by social, economic, and environmental factors – that is, many of the causes and triggers of mental disorders reside in the Europeans daily life conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the response to social, environmental, and economic determinants of health requires multisectoral approaches anchored in a human rights perspective. Multisectoral action is central to the SDG (“sustainable development goals”) agenda because of the range of determinants acting upon people’s health – such as socioeconomic status, gender, and other social determinants.Continue reading “The transversality of mental health in a “European Health Union””