Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Current EU projects with EFPA involvement

1. THE RECOVER-e PROJECT - www.recover-e.eu  

Period: January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

LaRge-scalE implemention of COmmunity-based mental health care for people with seVere and Enduring mental ill health in EuRopE, RECOVER-E

On 1 January 2018 the European Union funded project RECOVER-E started with the official Kick Off event in Luxembourg where both project partners, EU and the project coordinator, the Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands Institute for Mental Health and Addiction, met to discuss the project outline and activities for the forthcoming months;

After the official start in January 2018 in Luxembourg, EFPA is a proud partner in the consortium to support in the dissemination of results and as part of the Advisory Board.

EFPA is involved in WP7 and together with e.g. EPA (European Psychiatric Association) in charge of dissemination of the results.

Short description of the project:

Despite a sizeable evidence base on effective care for people with mental ill health, most Europeans still do not have access to optimal mental health care.

Many effective interventions are not yet implemented at a larger scale, which results in a significant implementation gap. Comprehensive community-based mental health services inclusive of medical, psychological and social support have been shown to lead to better client outcomes (increased quality of life, increased treatment adherence), service outcomes (enhanced access to services) and social outcomes (less social stigma, housing stability, vocational rehabilitation).

To contribute to narrowing the implementation gap in mental healthcare, the RECOVER-E project implements community mental health teams that provide community treatment for people with severe mental ill health (SMI) in 5 implementation sites in 5 European countries:

Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro

Follow the project here

Funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement 779362.


2. H-WORK PROJECT - http://w-work.eu 

Period: January 2020 - June 2023 

Multilevel interventions to promote Mental Health in SMEs and Public Workplaces

Short description of the project:

European and global reports indicate an increase in the spread and severity of mental health problems among the general population in the recent years, thus imposing a major burden on individuals, society and economy across the EU countries.

One quarter of the EU working population is expected to experience a mental health problem during their lifetime, such as depressive episodes, anxiety symptoms, adjustment reactions, burnout syndrome. Accordingly, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reported that common mental disorders, absenteeism, unemployment and long-term disability can be directly linked to work-related stress and are dramatically growing across a number of the EU Member States

Although a large body of evidence emphasises the positive effects of several intervention strategies on work-related stress management, the actual implementation of these initiatives within work contexts is still limited.

The main barriers concern:

  • The insufficient awareness about the cost-effectiveness of these practices;
  • The poor training of employers on how to design and implement successful interventions;
  • The insufficient knowledge and resources to effectively manage workers’ mental health and well-being by public organisations and SMEs;
  • An ineffective legal framework and a lack of incentives to encourage employers to put measures in place.


H-WORK project has the purpose of designing, implementing and validating effective multi-level assessment and intervention toolkits, evaluating individual and organisational outcomes of the adopted measures and provide further innovative products and services. The aim is to effectively promote mental health, along with policy recommendations for employers, occupational health professionals and policy makers.

Follow the project here

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847386. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.


3. INHeRE _ INclusive Holistic care for REfugee and migrant victims of sexual violence in Belgium, UK and Ireland - https://victim-support.eu/what-we-do/our-projects/ongoing/prjct-inhere/

Period: Nov 2019 - Oct 2021 

Short description of the project:

Migrants, Applicants of International Protection and Refugees (MAR) are at high risk of sexual victimization (SV) prior to but also upon arrival in Europe. Adopting an integrated and holistic approach (i.e. encompassing forensic, medical and psychosocial care) from detection to follow-up has been recognized as the best care for all SV victims, including victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. However, the access to holistic care for MAR victims is hampered by a broad range of barriers.

Health care providers, law enforcement officials and cultural mediators/interpreters working with MAR victims of sexual violence, often lack the specialist knowledge, language skills and tools to provide and/or refer to inclusive holistic care to MAR SV victims. Capacity building of key professionals working with vulnerable MAR victims of SV/ST through tailored tools and by streamlining care pathways between professions is thus urgently needed.


INHeRE’s specific objectives are:

  • Building capacity and enhancing culturally/diversity-competent practices of 5 key professional groups (see below) working with MAR through online and onsite training.
  • Aligning national policies with EU regulations and guidelines for safe reporting of SV regardless of legal status.
  • Bridging competencies, practices and policies across professions in order to streamline care pathways.


The primary beneficiaries of INHeRE are the following key professionals:

  • who could detect, assist and refer MAR victims to SACCs and provide follow-up care.
  • (forensic nurses, trauma psychologists, social assistants, …) who provide holistic care to SV victims.
  • who investigate and/or conduct the hearings of vulnerable victims of SV and sex trafficking.
  • who provide long-term psychological follow-up care for survivors of SV outside of SACCs.
  • who assist in SV cases at asylum reception facilities, SACCs and psychological follow-up services.

Secondary beneficiaries are MAR victims of sexual violence and trafficking that are residing in the three participating countries (Belgium, Sweden and UK) as well as in other EU countries at the longer run. Tertiary beneficiaries are policy makers, civil society and academia who will acquire increased knowledge, evidence as well as tools for better practices, laws and procedures.

With a consortium composing of Ghent University-ICRH/CESSMIR (BE), the Belgian Federal Service of Public Health (BE), Payoke (BE), Victim Support Europe (EU), NHS The Havens (UK) and the Irish Department of Justice and Equality (IE), that is supported by international experts from a.o. EFPA, PICUM, CESAR and IEWM, we aim to improve holistic care for MAR victims of SV, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation and/or legal status by strengthening the capacity of multi-sector professionals (see below). We pay specific attention to make care pathways inclusive for MAR victims who are male, LGBTQIA+ and/or victims of trafficking. To this end we apply a highly participatory research approach.

Follow the project here