Improving the mental health of the population: A strategy for Europe

Jude Stansfield*

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The European Commission green paper Improving the Mental Health of the Population, published in October 2005, is essentially a public mental health strategy for the European Union. In this short article Jude Stansfield outlines the main elements of the strategy and discusses its relevance and implications both for the European Union as a whole and for policy and practice in England and the other individual member states. While the green paper is in many ways welcome in that it will raise the profile of public mental health at national and international government level, it has a number of flaws - not least its primary focus on mental illness and mental illness services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-13
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Economic development
  • European Union
  • Improvement
  • Mental health
  • Mental health strategy
  • Public mental health


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