Data shows that in 2018 mental health problems affected about 84 million people across EU, and in many European countries, around a quarter of the population reported suffering from at least one mental health disorder.
The incidence of these mental disorders has increased in population and in health care professionals due to COVID-19 pandemic. European institutions, such as EU Commission and WHO Europe are dedicating specific efforts to these diseases, which affect the whole life of people who experience mental health issues.
The role of the physiotherapist in mental health teams is expanding due to the increasing evidence that physical activity can contribute to addressing mental health issues. This has become especially relevant in this post-acute COVID phase.
SIP Joint Statement on Pain and Mental Health
As partners of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP), the Mental Health Working Group of the Europe Region of World Physiotherapy has been part of the team as one of the signatories providing physiotherapy expertise for the SIP Joint Statement on Pain and Mental Health.
The Joint Statement includes 9 key recommendations related to the close relationship between Pain and Mental Health, Pain and Mental Health Conditions as biopsychosocial experiences, its link to employment and the integration of Pain into Mental Health Policy.
Read the full SIP Joint Statement on Pain and Mental Health.