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EU launches plan to tackle mental illness and reduce number of suicides

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1394
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The European Union has launched a five point plan to tackle mental illnesses, which it says currently affect one in 10 people in Europe.

The strategy, which has the support of the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe, is set out in the new European pact for mental health and wellbeing. This was signed at a conference in Brussels on 13 June by the European Commission, WHO, and the Slovenian government as current holder of the EU presidency.

The decision to give greater political priority to mental health issues reflects the fact …

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