Month of the Brain

The Interest Group on Mental Health, Well-being and Brain Disorders
and the Stephen Hughes MEP Initiative on Depression in the Workplace

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Mental Illness in the 21st Century – An Increasing Challenge for Europe


Welcome address (Chairs) Jutta Steinruck MEP, Marian Harkin MEP, Stephen Hughes MEP

Keynote speech: Ms Isabel de la Mata, Principal Adviser, with special interest in Health, DG SANCO

Session 1: Impact of brain diseases on society

Professor Guy Goodwin, W.A Handley, Chair of Psychiatry, Oxford University
Introduction to topic of impact of brain diseases on society
IG 20130529 presentation G Goodwin

Professor David McDaid, Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), London School of Economics and Political Science and editor of Eurohealth
Impact of stigma and discrimination on people with mental health problems
IG 20130529 presentation D McDaid

Professor Geert Dom, Department of Adult Psychiatry, University of Antwerp
Impact of contributory factors such as alcohol dependence on mental illnesses
IG 20130529 presentation G Dom

Session 2: Impact of brain diseases on patients and family

Mr. Kevin Jones, Secretary-General, EUFAMI (European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness)
Impact of mental illnesses on patients’ families and carers in general
IG 20130529 presentation K Jones

Professor Detlef Dietrich, European Depression Association
Focus of impact of depression on families, patients and professional lives
IG 20130529 presentation D Dietrich

Session 3: Employer’s role in supporting those with mental illnesses

Ms. Rebecca Müller, Secretary General, GAMIAN–Europe
Presentation of Survey results on mental health in the workplace
IG 20130529 presentation R Muller

Dr. Paul Litchfield, Chief Medical Officer at British Telecom
Reasons behind British Telecom’s focus on combatting mental illnesses within the company and the subsequent effects on employees and the company as a whole.
IG 20130529 presentation P Litchfield

Full report: report IG 20130529 Month of the Brain



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