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The Working Group on Integrated Care and Support will run between 2018-2021 examining a different target group each year to cover the life cycle.

The 3rd Integrated Care and Support working group took place online on 8-9 September 2020 and it examined strategies for providing integrated support for adults with mental health issues. The meeting welcomed over 100 participants over the two days, with insightful keynote addresses of representatives from the public and private sectors, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the World Health Organisation. We also engaged in mutual learning and an exchange of local practice from Denmark, Italy and Latvia.

Webinar resources are available for members in the members area.



Tuesday 8 September

14:00 -14:10 | Introduction

  • Alfonso Lara Montero - Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

14:10 –14:45

  • MEP Maria Walsh (EPP)

European perspective on mental health and the role of social services

  • Dr Daniel Chisholm – Programme Manager WHO Regional Office Europe

WHO mental programme for Europe Action Plan, the importance of an integrated approach

14:45 –15:30 | National strategies to support adults with mental health issues through an integrated approach

  • Chair: Ronan Mangan, Policy and Development Coordinator, ESN
  • Ms. Sarita Friman – Ministerial adviser, Ministry of Social affairs and Health, Finland
  • Mr. Alfred Grixti – Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Social Services, Malta (tbc)

15:30 – 16:00 | Q&A | Conclusions Day 1

  • Ronan Mangan, Policy and Development Coordinator, ESN


Wednesday 9 September

11:00 -11:15 | Introduction and recap of Day 1

  • Ronan Mangan, Policy and Development Coordinator, ESN

11:15 –11:45

  • Mr John F. Ryan - Director public health, country knowledge, crisis management, DG SANTE, European Commission

Community based approach – improving accessibility, effectiveness, and high-quality mental health care across Europe

11:45 –12:30 | Integrated Services for adults with Mental Health Issues in the Community – A Local Perspective

  • Chair: Alessandra Perna, Policy Officer, ESN
  • Ms Elsebeth Nebeling & Lars Kunz Schubert - Municipality of Esbjerg, Denmark
  • Mr Martins Moors - Director of Social Administration, Department of Welfare, Riga City Council, Latvia
  • Mr Aldo Pozzoli - Programme Manager “Job Station”, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Italy

12:30 – 12.40

  • MEP Alviina Alametsä (GREENS/EFA)

Integrated approach to support social inclusion of adults with mental health issues

12:40 – 13:00 | Q&A | Conclusions from the working group meeting

  • Alfonso Lara Montero - Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network


For more information please contact Ronan Mangan or Alessandra Perna