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Wed, 11 Oct


European Parliament & Online

Physiotherapy in Mental Health

Physiotherapy in Mental Health
Physiotherapy in Mental Health

Time & Location

11 Oct 2023, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST

European Parliament & Online, Rue de Trèves 3, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

About the event

The Europe Region of World Physiotherapy is joining the celebrations on the occasion of World Mental Health Day

We are delighted to invite you to the upcoming event entitled, “Physiotherapy and Mental Health” hosted by MEPs Maria Walsh (EPP) and Alex Agius Saliba (S&D), co-chairs of the MEP Alliance for Mental Health. 

The event will take place at the European Parliament, in Brussels, on 11th October 2023, between 14h00-15h30 (CEST), in Room Spinelli 3H1. The event will be also webstreamed. 

Please find below the link to join the event online:

Webinar number: 2740 836 9304

Webinar password: ytZ9Fu8ssg3 (98993887 from phones and video systems)

Access code: 274 083 69304

Mental health issues have long been a latent problem among the European population. Its escalation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered alarm within the European Union, due to the lack of effective means to cope with mental health problems.

The lack of health professionals in this field makes it difficult to provide help to all people with mental distress. This is why it is necessary to involve more health professionals, such as physiotherapists, who can help manage mental health problems in patients. 

Physiotherapy interventions, such as exercise therapy, have demonstrated, for over 50 years, efficacy in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression, promoting holistic well-being, and serving as a complementary approach to conventional mental health treatments. Integrating physiotherapists into mental health care teams can help address the workforce deficit, offering a more inclusive and patient-centred approach to mental health support throughout Europe.

During the event, the importance of tackling mental health disorders from a multidisciplinary approach will be stressed. Physiotherapy and physical activity need to be an integral part of current and upcoming mental health policies.

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