Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (JA MH-WB) Steering Committee, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Final Conference of the JA MH-WB, to be held in Brussels, Belgium, 21-22 January 2016.

Since the Joint Action started in February 2013, national and European working groups, integrating representatives of Member States and other stakeholders (from users and families to health professionals, representatives of other sectors, NGO´s and  other international organizations) produced comprehensive reports, including the analysis of the mental health situation in Europe and policy recommendations for each of the five specific areas of the JA – mental health in all policies, mental health in schools, mental health at the workplace, prevention of depression and suicide, towards community mental health care.

Based on these reports a consensus-based, integrated Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing was elaborated through a large consultation process that involved the Governmental Experts.

The Final Conference will include the discussion of the main results of the Joint Action as well as the different aspects of the Framework for Action implementation.

We hope that the Final Conference of the JA MH-WB will provide a truly fruitful experience for everyone and that your stay in Brussels will be enjoyable.

With best regards,
JM Caldas de Almeida
Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing