NCD Child, in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health, organized a multi-day virtual workshop entitled ‘Mental Health Advocacy and Action in Europe’. A range of events were held virtually from June 21-29. The goals of the workshop were to: discuss a range of mental health case studies with experts, provide a networking platform for mental health advocates, unpack the stories and lived experiences of people living with NCDs and obtain feedback on the mental health modules of a new advocacy course.
Event 1: Making the case for mental health – this session welcomed three expert speakers to talk about mental health in humanitarian settings, mental health and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the intersection of mental health and climate change.
Event 2: Meet up for mental health – this speed networking session was an opportunity for individuals to meet others in the European region with an interest in mental health and included policy advisors, researchers, advocates and students.
Event 3: Mental health and me: A focus group discussion – NCD Child Young Leaders’ People Living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) working group led a focus group discussion to unpack the stories and lived experiences of people living with NCDs in Europe.
Event 4: Becoming a mental health advocate: A feedback session- participants attending this sessions reviewed the mental health modules of SickKids’ upcoming advocacy course.