The challenge is mitigating the negative impacts of transformation and seizing new opportunities.
Global trends such as war, economic crisis, climate change, migration, digitalisation, pandemics, ageing and demographic change, place increasing stress and pressure on European societies to adapt to fast-changing situations.
These stressors can trigger mental health problems for significant parts of the population. These problems include both non-clinical aspects (mental distress, sub-diagnostic depressive symptoms, reduced quality of life and well-being, “burnout”, anxiety syndromes) and clinical aspects (mental disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders according to ICD-10, increased suicide risk).
Particular vulnerable groups within the general population (e.g., migrants/refugees, younger people, older people, long-term unemployed, those with mental disorders) are especially at risk of finding themselves disadvantaged by dramatic societal change, of experiencing particular stressors, and of suffering (further) negative impacts on their wellbeing, including mental health.
Tackling challenges created by rapidly-changing societies requires multifaceted intervention programmes rooted at different levels in communities, targeting aspects such as mental health literacy, building resilience, combatting stigma, and enhancing self-help competency in the wider community as well as with specific stakeholders and vulnerable groups.
MENTBEST will develop, implement, validate and evaluate a Comprehensive Multifaceted Community-based Intervention (“COMBINA”), based on the proven EAAD intervention programme, but adapted and broadened for the specific needs of the vulnerable groups and for non-clinical mental health challenges, including sub-diagnostic depressive and anxiety symptoms, burnout and mental distress, as associated with dramatic societal change.