Real People, Real Stories: Men’s Mental Health

A new awareness campaign by Samaritans shares real stories from men who have been through tough times to encourage other men to seek help.

Two in five men in England, Scotland and Wales aged 20-59 don’t seek support when they need to, because they prefer to solve their own problems. The survey also showed that men often don’t want to feel like a burden and don’t feel their problems will be understood.

Our Interreg 2Seas funded project SBS (Step by Step) is targeting men, in particular those who may be socially isolated and suffering from poor mental health or poor wellbeing, to help tackle this issue in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

To read more about the Samaritans campaign, go to:

And to read more about the SBS project, go to:

The Wellbeing Symposium is making it’s London debut

The Wellbeing Symposium provides an environment for businesses, communities and individuals to debate, learn and share information, advice and strategies for health and wellbeing.

Over the past seven years, The Wellbeing Symposium has been going from strength-to- strength as a leading health and wellbeing event. In 2019, The Wellbeing Symposium will make its London debut at the prestigious offices of global professional services network, Deloitte. The venue provides the perfect backdrop to debate, network, listen, learn and inspire. For businesses, communities and people seeking a healthier, happier life, the Wellbeing Symposium is a must for the calendar.

The event will take place on Monday 1st April at Deloitte, 2 New St Square, London, EC4A 3BZ. To read more about the event and book your tickets go to:

2 newly approved Interreg projects: PATH 2 and SHIFT

We are delighted that two more of our projects have been approved for funding by Interreg 2Seas.

PATH 2 has secured more than €5 million of European funding in its €8.5 million partnership involving 13 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium and will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate PMI (perinatal mental health issues) via radical systemic change, developing an inclusive, holistic health structure: demand driven and co-created with existing patients and expectant/new parents.

To read more about PATH 2 go to:

SHIFT has secured more than €2.5 million of European funding in its €4.2 million partnership involving 11 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium (see below for partner details) and the project’s objective is to empower people aged 45+ to participate in sexual health services and to improve their sexual health and wellbeing, with an additional and specifically adapted focus on socio-economically disadvantaged groups across the 2Seas area.

To read more about SHIFT go to:

The TICC annual conference 2019 at Ageing Fit in Lille

On the 29th and 30th of January, we joined out TICC (transforming integrated care in the community) partners at the Ageing Fit event in Lille to promote the project and hold its annual conference. The TICC stand drummed up plenty of interest from all over Europe, including a number of SMEs who were interested in how our partners in Kent and Medway have been able to integrate the Dutch Buurtzorg model in the UK.

The TICC annual event, a conference entitled “The Dutch Buurtzorg model of holistic neighbourhood care is going global across the 2Seas region”, was held on day two of Ageing Fit. Partners including Buurtzorg, Public World, KMPT and Soignons Humain presented their experiences. Follow @2SeasTICC on Twitter to find out more about the project.

Partners from La Vie Active, the Health and Europe Centre and Eurasanté man the TICC stand at Ageing Fit.
Public World presented lessons from the UK when it comes to adopting Buurtzorg.

ADAPT project events – Save the dates!

The ADAPT project started in January 2017 and will finish in June 2021. It is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme. The project focuses on four main topics:

  • Smart and connected Electrical Powered Wheelchairs (EPW)
  • An EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality
  • Training of healthcare professionals in assistive technologies/social assistive robotics
  • Formalised agreements between research institutions and companies

ADAPT will be represented at two up-coming events:

IROS Workshop, October 2018, Madrid, Spain
“Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-Oriented Robotics”

“Assistive Robotics & Everyday Life” Conference, December 7th 2018, Rennes, France

For more information on the ADAPT project go to our website:  Or search for #ADAPTproject on Twitter.


New European project ideas: vulnerable people and Emergency mental health care

Having submitted a number of projects earlier this year, we at the Health and Europe Centre are thinking ahead to new projects to be submitted for EU Interreg funding.

Community empowerment: making social public services accessible to vulnerable people with the Moms for Moms project developed by Community Center De Mussen in the Netherlands serving as a pilot for the project.

Better emergency mental health care: building on the existing work undertaken by the Stockholm Region’s PAM ambulance: when a caller rings the emergency number (fire, police, ambulance) they are asked if it relates to mental health, if so, the PAM ambulance is sent with mental health nurses and a paramedic on board. The project will take this learning and expand it, to include the integration of mental health apps, to provide a better emergency mental health care system for all the partner regions involved.

For more information about these projects you can contact: 

New call for proposals for projects

The Call “Implementation of best practices to promote health and prevent non-communicable diseases and to reduce health inequalities” implements the Annual Work-Programme 2018 of the third programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020) which sets out details of the financing mechanisms and priority areas for action.

Proposals can be submitted electronically via the Electronic Exchange System of the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal. The deadline for submission is 13 September 2018. 

For more information go to:

DWELL half way point steering group meeting hosted by Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent

                                                      Last week some of the team were in Ghent for our half way point steering group meeting for Interreg 2Seas project DWELL. DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing) involves eight partners from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

To read more about the project and the partners involved go to:

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC)

The 16th and 17th of May 2018 saw project partners meet in Lille for a steering group meetings; partners presented their progress and proposed solutions to potentiel problems.

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs.

Follow the project on Twitter via #2SeasTICC