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European Union - Fourteenth Report

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 27 March 2007.


Terms of Reference

FOREWORD—What this Report is about

Chapter 1: Setting the Scene

The purpose of our Inquiry

The human and economic costs of mental ill health

The WHO Helsinki Declaration and Action Plan

The European Commission Green Paper

The conduct of our Inquiry

Chapter 2: Defining mental well-being and mental health problems

The concept of mental well-being

The extent of mental health problems

Learning or intellectual disability

Chapter 3: The social and economic impact of mental health problems

Impacts on individuals

Impacts on families

Impacts on the health and social care system

Impacts on the wider society and economy

Summary of impacts

Chapter 4: The added value of an EU mental health strategy

What an EU strategy would set out to achieve

How the EU's role differs from that of the WHO

Chapter 5: Human rights issues

Human rights issues in the mental health field


Compulsory treatment

Community care

Table 1: Human rights legislation of relevance to mental health issues

Table 2: Four aspects of mental health where human rights legislation is of relevance

Chapter 6: Social exclusion, stigma and discrimination

Social exclusion—the challenge

Social exclusion—need for action

Stigma and discrimination

Action to tackle negative attitudes and discrimination

Employment problems

Action to address employment problems

Table 3: Suggestions by Professor Thornicroft (Consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) for actions needed to form a strategy for mental health

Chapter 7: Promotion and prevention

Mental health promotion and prevention

Examples of good practice

Sharing good practice

Chapter 8: Mental health issues for population subgroups

Children and adolescents

Older people



Chapter 9: Setting minimum standards or promoting principles


Minimum standards or guiding principles?

Sharing good practice

Chapter 10: Information needs

Statistics on mental health systems

Information on policy and practice


Sharing good practice

Chapter 11: Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 1—Setting the scene

Chapter 2—Defining mental well-being and mental health problems

Chapter 3—The social and economic impact of mental health problems

Chapter 4—The added value of an EU mental health strategy

Chapter 5—Human rights issues

Chapter 6—Social exclusion, stigma and discrimination

Chapter 7—Promotion and prevention

Chapter 8—Mental health issues for population subgroups

Chapter 9—Setting minimum standards or promoting principles

Chapter 10—Information needs

Appendix 1: Sub-Committee G (Social Policy and Consumer Affairs)

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

Appendix 4: WHO Mental Health Action Plan for Europe Facing the Challenges, Building Solutions

Appendix 5: Recent Reports

List of Oral Evidence

Thursday 6 July 2006

Thursday 20 July 2006

Thursday 19 October 2006

Thursday 2 November 2006

Thursday 23 November 2006

Thursday 30 November 2006

Thursday 7 December 2006

Thursday 14 December 2006

Written Evidence

NOTE: References in the text of the Report are as follows:

(Q) refers to a question in the oral evidence

(p) refers to a page of written evidence

The Report of the Committee is published in Volume I (HL Paper 73-I) and the Evidence is published in Volume II (HL Paper 73-II)

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