In November 2019 the Rural Mental Health project had its 1st transnational meeting, hosted by the project coordinator Afeji – ASSOCIATION DES FLANDRES POUR L’EDUCATION DES ENFANTS ET ADOLESCENTS INADAPTES  in France.

All partner organizations had their representatives in Lille, who presented the partner institutions and started discussing the overall training provision as well as the development of the project outputs. Partners presented the ideas for the training modules (both technical and content aspects) that will be leaded by DIAK and MEH, and further discussions took place until all parties were satisfied and the overall coherence of the modules was guaranteed. Also open educational resources have been discussed by all partners. During the meeting partners also had the chance to plan the next project meeting that will be hosted by Diakonia University in Finland in May 2020.
Organised by the Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing in the European Parliament, MHE and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) the event took place online on 27 January 2021 from 10:30 – 12:00 CET. The discussion focused on how to reflect the interlinkage between the state of the natural environment and people’s mental health in European policies. On top of that, the event saw the official launch of the mental health and environment policy paper and a policy brief by the IEEP and Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). The event brought together the European Parliament Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing and other interested MEPs, European Commission (including DG ENV), Member States’ permanent representations, and other relevant stakeholders from environment and health sectors.


MHTE Presentation

The second international meeting of the RMH project was to take place in Finland. Unfortunately, due to the overall global pandemic situation, it was held online on 13-14 May 2020. Nevertheless, it was very fruitful.

Representatives of all partner organisations involved in the project attended the meeting. The aim of the meeting was to work on the project by discussing the overall project aim and deliverables. Also digital delivery of the project outputs was discussed. The meeting was led by the project coordinator – Afeji. It’s started with the presentation by the Service for Therapeutic Childhood. The professionals of Afeji’s Teenage Home have also took part in this important discussion as their input was very relevant to the mission of the project. During the meeting, further deadlines for the implementation of intellectual outputs were set. All partners hope that the next meeting of the project consortium would be possible to happen face to face in the United Kingdom.

Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Third Project Meeting, planned in Liverpool, UK, took place online on the 8th and 9th of December 2020. The meeting was led by the Merseyside Expanding Horizons.

The online meeting was also attended by representatives of AFEJI (France) – the project coordinator, Diakonia University (Finland), Mental Health Europe (Belgium), The Polish Farm Advisory and Training Centre (Poland), and PROPEL (Belgium).  The project consortium discussed the project management and the progress of all three Intellectual Outputs. The online platform was also discussed, as well as the rest of the project outcomes. The project partners have set dates for the completion of subsequent tasks and discussed the possible dates and programme of the upcoming trainings and meetings.

The Fourth Transnational Project Meeting of the RMH project have been planned to take place in Poland, but due to the COVID-19, it was held online on the 25th of May 2021. The meeting, even though it was not held in person, was very engaging. Representatives of all partner organisations involved in the project attended the meeting. It was led by the Polish partner – the Polish Farm Advisory and Training Centre. This meeting was aimed at discussing the material created so far and setting new deadlines for the upcoming work. Furthermore, upcoming deadlines for the implementation of intellectual outputs were set. The partnership hopes for the next, and final, meeting to happen face to face in Belgium.