HIV & Mental Health Platform for Europe and Central Asia
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The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) launched the HIV & Mental Health Platform for Europe and Central Asia on 25 January 2023 (www.hivandmentalhealth.org). This new online space is intended to foster collaboration and experience exchange across Europe and Central Asia in addressing the mental health needs of people living with and affected by HIV.
EATG has been prioritising mental health and HIV since early 2020. Previous work shone a light on mental health within HIV prevention, support, treatment, and care across Europe and Central Asia. In doing so, it expanded EATG’s engagement in HIV and mental health to a wider range of stakeholders.
The HIV & Mental Health Platform is the next step in this process. It will have three main aims:
- To foster collaboration and exchange of experiences, the sharing of good practice in providing mental health and psychosocial services to people living with and vulnerable to HIV, especially relative to community-based and lay or non-professional services.
- To promote the implementation of EATG’s recommendations on HIV and mental health.
- To support the development of the first European Conference on HIV and mental health -tentatively scheduled for early 2024.
The main features of this platform are the forum and resources sections. In the forum discussions will be initiated, facilitating exchange of experiences between community-led organisations representatives and professionals in the field. Resources and materials about HIV and mental health will be freely accessible through the relevant section.
The HIV & Mental Health Platform will be available in 11 languages: English, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French, Ukrainian, Croatian, Portuguese, Polish, German and Turkish.
How to access the platform
You will have to sign up/become a member to the platform (www.hivandmentalhealth.org/membership-application-form). Registration and participation are free of charge.
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