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Health spending accounts for 9.6% of GDP in the EU as a whole. The total costs of mental ill-health in Europe are estimated at more than 4% of GDP – or over EUR 600 billion – across the 28 EU countries. More than 18% of the European population is now over 65, and about 5% is over 80. Population ageing requires profound transformations in health systems, from a focus on acute care in hospitals to more integrated and people-centred care in the community. The gap in supply of human resources in health is estimated to be 1 million by 2020, meaning that almost 15% of demand for healthcare across the EU will not be covered by the available workforce.

Along with working with partners to adapt our programming to the needs of communities battling COVID-19 response, we are laying the ground to:

  • Establish CHWI as thought leader in the space of innovation and incubation of community health and resilience models to improve health outcomes and alleviate burden on the health system
  • Align with government priorities and interest in community health/resilience
  • Create a community of health systems’ leaders across Europe willing to disrupt the status quo and transform health systems

In 2019, CHWI convened an ambitious ecosystem of stakeholders including primary health systems to support the scale up of an existing successful Community Mental Health Navigator Pilot to address non-clinical needs of people severely affected by mental illness in four deprived areas of the UK. The partnership aims to support 370,000 people with severe mental illness each year for 3 years and continue beyond that embedded within the external ecosystem.
Partners in Europe include:

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