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European Mental Health Week organised by Mental Health Europe takes place from May 9-13 2022.

The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in our everyday lives. The theme for the 2022 week is ‘Speak up for mental health’, and highlights how youth mental health is a high-profile societal issue. Pain and the mental health problems frequently co-occur in children, adolescents, and adults. Chronic pain and mood disorders rank first, with a 30-60% comorbidity rate. Strong evidence suggests that chronic pain and mental health disorders do more than co-occur, they also promote the development of each other and negatively impact the treatment success of each pathology. Common problems are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder.

The European Pain Federation EFIC Academy Education platform has numerous modules for physicians, physiotherapists, nurses, and psychologists on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems across different conditions.

EFIC are part of the HaPpY (Comorbidty of Chronic Pain and mood disorders: breaking the vicious cycle) Research Network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Stayed tuned for EFIC webinars about this research! To access resources about mental health, please visit the European Mental Health Week website at https://www.mhe-sme.org/emhw/