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Agenda

Mental health and the pandemic :
living, caring, acting !

 

10 May 2021
10:00 – 17:00 CET

High-Level online event on the mental health impact of COVID-19

10:30

OPENING

CHAIR : John F. Ryan, Director, Public Health, DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

SPEAKERS :

10:50

UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGE

CHAIR : John F. Ryan, Director, Public Health, DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

SPEAKERS:

  • Pim Cuijpers, Co-chair Technical advisory group on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in the WHO European Region
  • Irene Norstedt, Director, People Directorate, DG Research, European Commission
  • Massimiliano Mascherini, Head of Unit ad interim for Social Policies, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

11:30

LIVING - CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE,
PARENTS AND TEACHERS

CHAIR : Valeria Setti, Commission Coordinator for
the rights of the child, DG for Justice and Consumers, European Commission.
To be introduced by testimonial(s)

PROMISING APPROACH PRESENTED BY : Carmen Valle-Trabadelo, Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

PANEL :

  • Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President, Eurochild
  • Martina Darmanin, President, European Students’ Union
  • Susan Flocken, Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education

CARING - HEALTH CARE WORKERS

CHAIR : F. Jesús Alvarez Hidalgo, Policy Officer Health and Safety, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission.
To be introduced by testimonial(s)

PROMISING APPROACH PRESENTED BY :  Paul Daniel Micallef, Ministry for Health, Malta

PANEL :

  • Annabel Seebohm, Secretary General, Standing Committee of European Doctors
  • Elizabeth Adams, President, European Federation of Nurses Associations
  • Pedro Pita Barros, European Commission Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health

RESPONDING - PRE-EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS: IMPACT ON PEOPLE AND SERVICES

CHAIR : Dan Chisholm, Programme Manager for Mental Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
To be introduced by testimonial(s)

PROMISING APPROACH PRESENTED BY : Mateusz Biernat & Paweł Ratyński, Human Foundation Poland

SPEAKERS AND PANEL :

  • Alviina Alametsä, MEP, Co-chair Coalition for Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Geert Dom, EPA Board member
  • Nigel Olisa, Executive Director, Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks – Europe
  • Frank Bellivier, Delegate for Mental Health, Ministry of Solidarity and Health, France

13:00 - 14:00

BREAK

14:00

LIVING - OLDER PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE GROUPS

CHAIR: Isabel de la Mata, Principal Adviser for Health and Crisis management, DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
To be introduced by testimonial(s)

PROMISING APPROACH PRESENTED BY : Evelyn Kaizer, ARQ National Psychotrauma Center, The Netherlands

PANEL :

CARING - WORKERS IN SOCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL CARE, INFORMAL CARERS

CHAIR: Maria Jepsen, Acting Executive Director European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
To be introduced by testimonial(s)

PROMISING APPROACH PRESENTED BY : René van het Erve, ‘Dignity and Pride in the Region’ & Noud van Hecke, Vidacto, the Netherlands

PANEL :

  • Stecy Yghemonos, Director, Eurocarers
  • William Cockburn, Head of Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
  • Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General, European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities
  • Penny Clarke, Deputy General Secretary, EPSU

RESPONDING - HEALTH SYSTEMS FIT TO MEET FUTURE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS

CHAIR: Maya Matthews, Head of Unit Performance of national health systems, DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

PROMISING APPROACH PRESENTED BY : José L. Ayuso-Mateos, Chairman Department of Psychiatry de la Princesa, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

PANEL :

15:30 - 15:40

BREAK

15:40 - 16:00

Reporting back from parallel sessions

16:00

ACTING: WHAT CAN DIFFERENT ACTORS CONTRIBUTE GIVEN THEIR ROLE AND PERSPECTIVE?

CHAIR: John F. Ryan, Director, Public Health, DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

SPEAKERS:

  • Janez Poklukar, Minister for Health, Republic of Slovenia, on behalf of incoming EU Presidency (pre-recorded video message)
  • Maria Walsh, MEP, Co-chair MEP Alliance for Mental Health
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Liuska Sanna, Acting Director, Mental Health Europe
  • Joost Korte, Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Sandra Gallina, Director General, DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

17:10 - 17:15

CLOSING MESSAGE:  Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

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