9 September 2022

HPP Webinar: Covid-19 & mental health: Taking forward the lessons learned


This webinar is open to all stakeholders!




The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on mental health. After a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the first signs of the mental health impact of the pandemic had already become apparent.


In trying to address the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, we have learned important lessons over the last two years. It is crucial now to investigate whether and how the different lessons have been taken forward (i.e. the issues that have been successfully been tackled) and – if not – what are the hurdles and what is needed to make progress. This will enable us to build a Europe that is more resilient and better prepared to face future health crisis.




The objective of this EU HPP Webinar is to share knowledge and experiences related to concrete actions carried out to address the lessons we have learned in relation to mental health from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Webinar will also provide an opportunity to reflect on whether the actions taken to address the lessons learned are being sustained, embedded in changes in practices or in policies and supported through adequate funding.




Building on the recommendations put forward by the WHO’s ‘Technical Advisory Group on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in the WHO European Region’, this webinar will focus on three main lessons:


  • The importance to live and work in an environment that is positive for mental health.
  • The importance to put in place tailored actions to address mental health needs of potentially vulnerable groups.
  • The importance of ensuring sufficient capacity and quality within mental health services to meet diverse and increased needs.




Within the framework of the ‘COVID-19 and Mental Health Support’ Stakeholders Network, this webinar will take place on the EU Health Policy Platform. DG SANTE set up this network space in May 2020 to support the efforts of social and health stakeholders, to encourage discussion and sharing of information on COVID-19-related mental health issues, and to develop a set of guidance documents that can help address the mental health aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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