GAMIAN-Europe was established in 1998 as a representative coalition of patient organisations. Putting the patient at the centre of all issues of the EU healthcare debate, the organisation aims to bring together and support the development and policy influencing capacity of local, regional and national organisations active in the field of mental health.

Patients can and should play an effective and complementary role in developing positive and proactive policies and other initiatives with an impact on mental health issues. GAMIAN-Europe, as an informed and effective advocate, is seeking to become a powerful and trusted point of reference for the main EU institutions and other organisations and stakeholders seeking the views of patients.

Mental health is a matter of increasing importance to all of us. Everybody knows somebody that has some form of mental health problem. Some of us cope with the ups and downs of life well; others, on the other hand develop a mental illness. This can happen to any
of us: mental health concerns us all.

‘GAMIAN-Europe, a patient-driven pan-European organisation, represents the interests of persons affected by mental illness and advocates for their rights.’

GAMIAN-Europe is our voice to represent and advocate the interests of patients.

…Our voice:


Who are our supporters?

GAMIAN-Europe’s main and invaluable important resource consists of the personal and voluntary
engagement of its members. Furthermore, we receive unrestricted grants from a number of healthcare
companies. This cooperation is strictly in line with the EFPIA Code Of Practice On Relationships With Patient Organisations

Who can join us?

GAMIAN-Europe currently brings together a wide variety of organisations (local, regional and national)
from almost all European countries.
Any organisation, operating in the field of mental health who shares our objectives can become a member.

There are two types of membership:

  • full members are those organisations active in the mental health domain and that ensure active participation of patients in their board and within the activities of the organisation,
  • associate members are those organisations individuals with an interest in mental health
GAMIAN-Europe’s main objectives


  • Act as the voice for patients, both at EU as well as at national level, and demonstrate that this voice is
  • useful as well as indispensable
  • Ensure that patients are at the centre of all aspects of healthcare provision
  • Work to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of treatment for all mental health problems

Information and education

  • Improve the provision, reliability and quality of information on mental health problems for patients as well as the general public
  • Assist in improving the training, education and understanding of mental illness of health and other professionals

Stigma and discrimination

  • Increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of mental health problems
  • Help reduce stigma, prejudice, and ignorance in relation to mental health problems and fight discrimination

Patients rights

  • Focus on the development and enforcement of rights for persons affected by mental health problems, e.g. access to appropriate treatment

Cooperation, partnerships and capacity building

  • Enable patient groups to collaborate with health professionals, policy makers, academics and industry

GAMIAN-Europe’s activities

In order to reach these aims, GAMIAN-Europe

  • provides information and support to member organisations by means of educational seminars, conventions, a regular EU newsletter, handbooks on specific mental illnesses, and an up-to date and accessible website.
  • facilitates an open and inclusive pan European dialogue among patient organisations and other interested bodies to exchange information and ideas.
  • shares experience and examples of good practice to strengthen the role and voice of patient organisations and effective input in EU and national policy development.
  • forms active partnerships and cooperation with other stakeholders, e.g. the media, organisations (local, regional, national, European and academic institutions), employers and trade unions, the pharmaceutical industry, government and regulatory bodies and insurers with a view to
    – securing the best possible treatment for patients with a mental illness and at the earliest possible opportunity
    – supporting the development of health/mental health policies which take account of the views of patients

Our annual work programme can be consulted for more information on our specific projects, position
statements and activities.

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