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Parliamentary questions
15 June 2017
E-002969/2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The Commission supports the implementation of all the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(1). Goal 3 to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all’ includes a target on promoting mental health and well-being.

The following are examples of some key Commission activity strands which mainstream a holistic approach to patients:

Support through the 3rd Health Programme(2) for a project ‘Supporting Member States in mainstreaming health promotion and disease prevention in health and educational settings’(3);
A collection of good practices in the field of health promotion by the joint action on chronic diseases and healthy ageing (CHRODIS)(4);
Two pilot projects, funded by the European Parliament, are promoting patient empowerment and self-care(5);
The European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Well-being, which was the result of a cooperation of 25 Member States, underlines the need for a mental health in all policies approach and addresses mental health in schools, at work, prevention of depression and suicide and access to mental healthcare in a holistic way(6);
The European Guidelines on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive cancer control contains recommendations in person-centered approach and psychosocial rehabilitation(7).

Through the Horizon 2020 programme(8), the Commission supports health research based on a holistic, patient-centred approach that includes research on mental health and on its impact on physical disorders. Horizon 2020 also supports public health research on effective promotion of mental well-being and resilience.

(1)http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
(2)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014R0282&from=EN
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/3hp/topics/pj-01-2017.html
(4)http://chrodis.eu/our-work/05-health-promotion/wp05-activities/selection/
(5)http://www.eu-patient.eu/whatwedo/Projects/prostep/; http://www.eu-patient.eu/whatwedo/projects/pisce/
(6)https://ec.europa.eu/health/mental-health/framework_for_action_en
(7)https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/major_chronic_diseases/docs/2nd_implreport_cancerscreening_co_eppac_en.pdf
(8)https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

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