Mental Health Advocacy and Action in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis have aggravated pre-existing drivers of poor mental health across the globe. In addition to severe disruptions to psychosocial support for individuals with pre-existing conditions, increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression due to lockdowns, job insecurity and conflict are among a myriad of factors that have disrupted the mental well-being of citizens.

In partnership with The George Institute for Global Health, we will be hosting a European Regional Workshop entitled ‘Mental Health Advocacy and Action’. Events will take place between June 21-30, 2022.

The workshop objectives are to:

  1. Present a diverse range of case studies from experts who are working to reduce premature mortality from mental illnesses and suicide across Europe and globally.
  2. Unpack the stories and lived experiences of people living with noncommunicable diseases (PLWNCDs) in Europe. Specifically, to better understand NCD stigma, discrimination, and coping strategies.
  3. Provide a platform for networking between policy advisors, researchers, advocates, students, and professionals with a mutual interest in protecting mental health.
  4. Share feedback on the mental health modules of SickKids’ advocacy course.

We welcome advocate, researcher, or professional working in, or interested in increasing understanding of, and reducing mental health stigma to register and join us for a series of events.


Making the Case for Mental Health

Join this session to learn about, and discuss, different case studies on mental health in Europe. Participants will get the chance to interact with experts in breakout sessions.

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Time: 8 – 9 a.m. EDT

Register here


Meet up for Mental Health

Join this speed networking session to connect with others in the European region with an interest in mental health!

Date: Thursday,June 23, 2022

Time: 8-9 a.m. EDT

Register here


Mental Health and Me: A Focus Group Discussion

Date and time TBD.


The purpose of this focus group discussion is to unpack the stories and lived experiences of people living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) in Europe. Specifically, we would like to better understand NCD stigma, discrimination, and coping strategies. The results of this focus group discussion will inform the #StandUpSpeakOut Campaign led by NCD Child’s PLWNCDs Young Leaders Working Group.  


This event is by invitation only. To inquire about participating please contact [email protected].  


Becoming a Mental Health Advocate: A Feedback Session

Date and time TBD.


The purpose of this session is to give feedback on the mental health modules of SickKids’ advocacy course. Participants will receive access to course content in advance, and will be asked to share their experiences and learnings during the feedback session.   


This event is by invitation only. To inquire about participating please contact [email protected].

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