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The Issue

In the EU, approximately one in five children and adolescents suffers from developmental, emotional or behavioural problems and approximately one in eight has a clinically diagnosed mental disorder.

The EU-funded ROAMER project, which ended in 2015, found that while mental health makes up between 11 % and 27 % of Europe’s total disease burden, research investment from Member States and the EU’s 2007-2013 funding programme, FP7, only allocated 6 % of funds to mental health issues.

To close this gap, the European Commission has dedicated funds to promote mental health and wellbeing in young people under the latest funding programme, Horizon 2020, and created the 2015-2018 EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Well-being initiative


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