Leipzig signed a strong pledge to healthcare in September 2020 with a focus on mental health and well-being. This is the second pledge from Leipzig, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first pledge in 2019 on housing and assistance for the homeless.
The city has a long history of coordinating, managing and financing psychosocial services for people with severe mental health problems. It applies a holistic approach to community-based mental health services that address needs for housing, employment and social support while at the same time offer medical treatment. The city's objective is to ensure good and easily accessible care together with support to prevent the exclusion of people with mental health problems.
Leipzig commits to continue, reinforce and adapt its services to the new needs by:
- making 3.45 million EUR available from the city budget in 2020, which is an increase of 30% since 2015
- this budget is for reinforcing the pshychosocial and mental health services, including the outreach work, and
- reinforcing the Network of Community Pshychiatry that provides both therapy and a day clinic in direct connection with social support
Leipzig's Deputy Mayor, Thomas Fabian, said: "In Leipzig, we aim to ensure that everyone with severe mental health problems has access to pshychosocial support close to his home. Our goal is to support and empower people who are among the most disadvantaged and marginalised in order to reach a more just and inclusive society, and contribute to a more inclusive Europe for all citizens".
Congratulations to Leipzig for the strong commitment to ensuring access to mental health services and support, and thus contributing to a more inclusive Europe!
Read the full pledge below.