In the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the High Level Meeting "Mental Health Conference" is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 14 November 2023, at the Niemeyer Centre in Avilés, Asturias.

The Government of Spain recognises the transcendental importance of providing mental health with the same level of dedication and resources as other needs. We have therefore included this high-level meeting in the Spanish Presidency's high-profile agenda of events with strong commitment.

The global pandemic has marked a significant milestone for mental health, transforming it from a silent epidemic to a central issue for debate and action in the fight against stigma.

This event represents a valuable opportunity to lead a strategic reflection on how the European Union should strengthen mental health issues. This ranges from the protection of the most vulnerable groups, such as children and adolescents, to the challenge of unwanted loneliness in older people, as well as the fight against stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems often face.

This meeting aims to reflect and discuss with national and international experts on the current challenges and opportunities in the integrated approach to mental health at European level.

Throughout the Conference, the advances made in health policies related to mental health, both at the level of the European Commission and the National Health System through the Mental Health Strategy, will be updated. On the other hand, through the format of round tables, the current challenges in relation to tackling priority issues such as suicide prevention will be addressed.

The Conference will be broadcast by streaming, you can follow it through the following link: