Mental health. The motor for a healthy economy

Wednesday, 02.10.2013 | 15:00 - 18:00

Organised by Lundbeck A/S

Innovative mental health delivery models in times of austerity and financial crisis

Mental health will be the motor for a healthy economy in the 21st century. In order to successfully face current and future economic, social and public health challenges, all relevant policies and mental healthcare services must be reshaped based on smart, innovative, cost-efficient and integrated delivery models. In this forum we will aim to analyse the value of targeted policy measures and the different components integrated policy approaches should encompass. Participants will be invited to analyse the integration of mental health promotion and the management of brain diseases into broader health and employment policies in order to effectively tackle current and future social and economic challenges.

The discussion will focus on the following questions:
• What is the real value of health prevention strategies in the area of mental health?
• What approaches and policy trends are occurring at global and regional levels?
• What is the role of the European Union in the improvement of mental health and holistic, targeted policies?
• Which key components should integrated mental health policies encompass?
• What innovative experiences in health management could be successfully applied to mental health management and service planning?
• What are the crucial patient needs that will set up tomorrow's mental health landscape?

Case studies on alcohol dependence and depression will be analysed.


Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG CONNECT of the European Commission

Round-table discussion

Gediminas Cerniauskas, Vice Minister of Health, Lithuania

David McDaid, Scientific expert, Editor of Eurohealth

Mark Pearson, Head of Health Division, OECD

Margaret Walker, Interim CEO, European Liver Patient Association (ELPA)

Representative of the Department of Health of Ireland (tbc)

Michael Hübel, Head of Unit, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission


Patricia Kelly, Journalist

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