April 29, 2024


It’s time to act now!

Throughout the month of May, we are shining a light on mental health awareness. It’s time to prioritize mental well-being and recognize its importance in our lives.

Did you know that 89% of EU citizens agree that mental health promotion is as important as physical health promotion? Yet, mental health issues continue to affect a significant portion of our population.

According to recent data:

  • 46% of EU citizens experienced emotional or psychosocial problems like depression or anxiety in 2023.
  • These issues are more prevalent in younger age groups, with 59% of 16-24-year-olds and 56% of 25-39-year-olds reporting such problems.
  • Recent world events have influenced the mental health of many, with 44% feeling somewhat affected and 18% feeling greatly impacted.
However, accessing mental health services remains a challenge for many.
  • 25% of EU citizens report difficulties accessing mental health services, with issues like long waiting lists/delays for diagnosis or treatment cited by 67%, and cost reported by 37% of participants.
Understanding what contributes to good mental health is crucial:
  • 60% believe that living conditions are essential.
  • 53% highlight financial security.
  • 41% stress the importance of physical activity and social contact
During this month, we will be talking about Mental Health within the ICU in a series of 5 interviews with some of our intensivists. This week we start with Inès Lakbar, an intensivist in the Hospitaux Universitaires de Marseille, France, who will disclose the topic of Parenthood & ICU in relation to ICU workers’ mental health.
This May, let’s start conversations, raise awareness, and support each other in our journey toward better mental health. Together, we can make a difference.


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