4 October 2019

World Mental Health Day at the European Parliament – Suicide Prevention


To mark World Mental Health Day 2019, Mental Health Europe hosted an event in the European Parliament. The event took place on Thursday, 10 October 2019 in Brussels and brought together policy makers, users and key stakeholders with an interest in suicide prevention which was the topic of this year’s World Mental Health Day.


The event was kindly hosted by MEPs Julie Ward (S&D, United Kingdom), Sara Cerdas (S&D, Portugal) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland).  It was the first event of re-established Mental Health Europe’s Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing in the European Parliament.


For more information please contact Marcin Rodzinka on marcin.rodzinka@mentalhealtheurope.org.

The event will:

  • explore the current situation in relation to suicide in Europe;
  • identify effective strategies of suicide prevention and share good practices;
  • hear personal stories and share the needs of users of mental health services;
  • come forward with recommendations to improve the situation and approach to suicide prevention;
  • stimulate more EU action on prevention.
Click here to see a programme

Speakers at the event will include:


Julie Ward MEP

Member of the European Parliament, S&D

Sara Cerdas bw

Sara Cerdas MEP

Member of the European Parliament, S&D


Claudia Marinetti

Director, Mental Health Europe

Emily Hewlett bw

Emily Hewlett

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

John Ryan bw

John F. Ryan

Director for Public health, country knowledge, crisis management, European Commission

Eef bw

Eef Verschaeve


Timo bw

Timo Kallioaho

European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

Roisin bw

Roisin O’Donovan

Vice President for Welfare, Union of Students in Ireland

Read policy recommendations on suicide prevention to the EU and national governments.

Watch the video “World Mental Health Day 2019: A day of action for suicide prevention”.

Read Mental Health Europe’s press release that marked World Mental Health Day 2019.

See highlights of discussions from European Parliament event on Twitter.

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