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MEP Tomas Zdechovsky Endorsement for Carers

We would like to thank MEP Tomas Zdechovsky for supporting caregivers and the “Learn4Carers” Erasmus+ project.

“Demographic ageing in Europe calls for a better care and a serious sustainability test for our social and health-care systems.
The difference amongst the EU member states is massive,  but the growing demand, declining supply, quality and financing of care systems are challenges that are consistent across the EU.
Carers have a very important role in organization and sustainability of health and social care systems.
They will become even more important due to demographic aging and  increasing number of chronic diseases.
It is therefore important to develop a carer-friendly environment.
The Commissions proposal on work-life balance for parents and carers is an important piece of the puzzle and I personally call upon European states to endorse and implement the proposal without delay.
I wish success to the Erasmus+ project  “Learn for Caregivers in Europe”
As Rosalyn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States, said there are four kinds of people in the world:
Those who have been carers; Those who currently are carers; Those who will be carers; And those who will need carers.

Let’s support carers now!”


Learning for Caregivers in Europe

We are pleased to announce that the EPIONI Erasmus+ KA2 project, entitled “Learning for Caregivers in Europe” (2018-1-EL01-KA204-047837), was approved by the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY)
This 2-year project will enable caregiver representatives from Greece (EPIONI and PEPSAEE) to exchange good practices with organizations which have extensive long term experience in Ireland (Care Alliance Ireland), France (Compagnie des Aidants) and Belgium (Eurocarers).
The Learn4Carers project will allow representatives of informal carers from 4 European countries to showcase good practices from their countries. These successful local practices or awareness-raising campaigns can be an excellent example for other countries.
The program will start in December 2018 and will last until the end of November 2020.
The kick-off meeting will be held in Athens on 11 and 12 February 2019. The meeting will involve, in addition to the members of the partnership, representatives from partners from Greece and the EU.
More information is available on the project website:

Μαθαίνοντας για τους Φροντιστές στην Ευρώπη

Με μεγάλη χαρά θα θέλαμε να σας ανακοινώσουμε ότι το πρόγραμμα Erasmus+ KA2 της ΕΠΙΟΝΗ με τίτλο ”Learning for Caregivers in Europe” (2018-1-EL01-KA204-047837), εγκρίθηκε απο το Ιδρυμα Κρατικών Υποτροφιών. Το 2ετές αυτό σχέδιο θα δώσει την ευκαιρία σε φορείς από την Ελλάδα (το Ελληνικό Δίκτυο Φροντιστών και την ΠΕΨΑΕΕ) την δυνατότητα για ανταλλαγή καλών πρακτικών με οργανισμούς που έχουν πολύχρονη εμπειρία στην υποστήριξη φροντιστών από την Ιρλανδία (Care Alliance Ireland), την Γαλλία (Compagnie des Aidants) και το Βέλγιο (Eurocarers).

Το σχέδιο Learn4Carers θα επιτρέψει σε εκπροσώπους ανεπίσημων φροντιστών από τέσσερεις Ευρωπαικές χώρες να αναδείξουν καλές πρακτικές από τις χώρες τους. Οι επιτυχημένες αυτές πρακτικές υποστήριξης ή ευαισθητοποίησης σε τοπικό επίπεδο μπορούν να αποτελέσουν άριστο παράδειγμα για άλλες χώρες.

Το πρόγραμμα θα ξεκινήσει τον Δεκέμβριο του 2018 και θα διαρκέσει έως το  τέλος Νοεμβρίου του 2020.

Η εναρκτήρια συνάντηση θα πραγματοποιηθεί στην Αθήνα, στις 11 και 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2019. Στην συνάντηση θα συμμετέχουν εκτός από τα μέλη της σύμπραξης και εκπρόσωποι από συνεργαζόμενους φορείς από την Ελλάδα και την ΕΕ.

Η ιστοσελίδα του σχεδίου στην οποία μπορεί να βρείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες είναι:



Special Feature of the Research*eu magazine:
401107World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues across the globe and helping facilitate patient access to robust, modern and comprehensive mental healthcare services. This is especially important as the issue of mental health in many countries, including those within Europe, is often seen as a taboo subject, with high levels of social stigma associated with mental illness.
Breaking down barriers for better mental healthcare provision in Europe
Mental health encompasses a wide spectrum of conditions, with some of the most prominent in the public’s mind arguably being depression-related illnesses. But other conditions that are firmly under the mental health umbrella include schizophrenia, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Europe in no way fares better than other regions of the world with regards to levels of mental health affliction. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated in 2014 that 27 % of the adult population in EU countries (plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) had experienced at least one of a series of mental health disorders in the previous year. Other estimates put the figure of Europeans suffering from mental health distress to be as high as 38 % – an enormous burden on individuals, society, healthcare systems and the wider economy. The overall financial costs of mental illnesses, in terms of both direct medical, as well as indirect costs, amount to more than EUR 450 billion per year in the EU. With such alarming figures for both human and economic costs, more action must be taken to tackle the widespread, yet still somewhat undercover, mental health epidemic.

Thus, in this the first special section of our newly revamped Research*eu magazine, we’re playing our part in raising awareness of mental health disorders and the individuals who struggle with them on a daily basis. We’re doing this by showcasing some of the innovative EU-funded projects that have dedicated themselves to developing solutions (medical, technological and policy-based) to tackle the mental health crisis in Europe and worldwide.

Some of our featured projects have focused on frontline mental health services and the need to provide patients with better integrated and flexible care provision. Others have been working on new treatments for specific disorders, such as aggression and psychosis. A third group of projects have been advancing two very promising and exciting new fields of research, specifically the use of innovative MRI scanners and virtual reality tools to better diagnose and treat mental disorders.