The theme of European Patients' Rights Day 2024 is Combining the protection of patients' rights with skills shortage, medical desertification, and job strain. The key role of HCPs for a healthier Europe.

On European Patients' Rights Day 2024, we stand united in supporting patient rights amidst the daunting challenges of skills shortages, medical desertification, and job strain faced by healthcare professionals. The European Network of Active Living for Mental Health reaffirms its commitment to ensuring every individual's access to quality healthcare, regardless of circumstance. We recognize the profound impact of these challenges on patients and healthcare providers alike, but we also see hope in the resilience of our healthcare workforce and the innovative solutions being forged. Together, let us uphold patient rights and work towards a healthier, more equitable future for all.

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The project "Cold Water Swimming for the Prevention of Dementia and Depression" has just launched!

We're thrilled to introduce you to our ambitious endeavor aimed at revolutionizing the approach to mental health in adults aged 50 and above. Our project delves into the therapeutic potential of cold water swimming, exploring its profound impact on preventing dementia and addressing depression.

Our Kickoff Meeting

On March 24, a pivotal kickoff meeting was held in Brussels, marking the official commencement of our project. During this dynamic gathering, the partnership discussed the main objectives, laying the foundation for our collaborative efforts. Ideas were exchanged, enthusiasm ran high, and a sense of purpose permeated the room as we embarked on this interesting journey together.

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Introducing COL.D.D Project: Promoting Inclusion, Diversity, and Health Through Cold-Water Swimming! Are you ready to dive into a transformative project that combines inclusion, diversity, and the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle? 

Cold Water Swimming for the Prevention of Dementia and Depression project aims to explore the existing methods of cold water exposure, synthesizing the main, most significant, and most promising methods.

The project activities will equip professionals working with adults with the skills and knowledge to carry out cold-water swimming training and workshops with adults, allowing them to participate in this activity safely, and in a way that could have these significant health benefits.

Project Objectives

  • Preventing dementia and tackling depression in people aged 50 +
  • Developing an innovative methodology for adults aged 50+
  • Testing the methodology that can change the approach towards the treatment of depression and dementia in adults
  • Providing professionals, trainers, and coaches dealing with adults at risk of dementia or elderly affected by depression with an innovative tool that can change their approach
  • Spread a useful method that can be applied all around Europe
  • Increasing the cooperation of different types of organisations in combatting depression and preventing dementia in adults over 50 years of age.

Join us on this journey as we promote inclusion, diversity, and health through the invigorating practice of cold-water swimming!

📣We completed the webinar "Physiotherapists as Sleep Health Promoters" organized by the Panhellenic Physiotherapists' Association and held under the auspices of ENALMH.
Dr. Cristina Frange, sleep physiotherapist and clinician, the webinar's main speaker, addresses the challenges and benefits for our health and the strategy for healthy sleep habits.
As referred by the ENALMH President, Mr. Alexandros Oikonomou ''Sleep plays a crucial role in our mental health. As an organisation, we have a unique opportunity to advocate for and support healthy sleep habits among people. I am confident that today's presentations and discussions will provide valuable insights and strategies for incorporating sleep promotion into our practice. I encourage you to actively engage in this webinar, share your experiences, and learn from our esteemed speakers. Together, let us continue to strive for better mental health outcomes for all!''
You can watch here the webinar at full length.

Dear ENALMH members,

As we approach World Sleep Day on March 15, 2024, we are excited to collaborate and make a meaningful impact on promoting mental well-being through quality sleep. Your insights and creativity are invaluable, and we invite each member of the ENALMH to contribute ideas for our collective celebration.

How You Can Contribute:

We encourage you to share your thoughts, suggestions, and potential contributions to make World Sleep Day 2024 a memorable and impactful event. Here are some areas to consider:

1. Educational Initiatives: Ideas for informative articles, blog posts, or social media content emphasizing the importance of sleep for mental health.

Suggestions for hosting webinars, workshops, or expert talks on sleep hygiene.

2. Community Engagement: Concepts for interactive campaigns or challenges that encourage members to prioritize and track their sleep habits.

Proposals for engaging with local communities to spread awareness about the mental health benefits of good sleep.

3. Partnerships and Collaborations: Thoughts on potential partnerships with sleep experts, mental health organizations, or influencers to amplify our message?

Ideas for collaborative events or projects that align with our mission.

4. Digital Campaigns: Creative ideas for social media campaigns, hashtags, or challenges to involve a broader audience.

Suggestions for visually appealing and shareable content to enhance our online presence.

5. Member Involvement: Ways in which individual members can actively participate and contribute to the success of our World Sleep Day celebration.

Thoughts on encouraging member testimonials or personal stories related to the impact of sleep on mental health.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send your ideas, suggestions, or proposals to [Insert Contact Person's Email] by [Insert Deadline]. We appreciate your early contributions to allow for effective planning and coordination.

Let us unite our efforts to make World Sleep Day 2024 a remarkable occasion for promoting mental well-being through the gift of quality sleep.

Thank you for your commitment to our shared mission!

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From May 4-6 2022, Athens will host the 9th IOPTMH CONFERENCE. Its theme will be Physiotherapy in mental health; what’s next?

The conference is organised by the International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH), which is subgroup of the World Confederation of Physiotherapy (WCPT / official consultant of the United Nations & the World Health Organization) in collaboration with the Panhellenic Physiotherapists Association / Scientific section "Physiotherapy in mental health" and is held for the first time in Greece. For more information please visit the site:

The conference, which will be held in a hybrid manner (physical presence & online) in full harmonization with the Ministerial Decisions and the current Health Protocols for the holding of conferences, is under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region and the Municipality of Athens while the President of the World Physiotherapy Organization will participate, among others, as a Keynote speaker and will address a greeting. More than 250 Health Professionals from all over the world have participated in the conference.

The cost  for participating is  350 euros. This cost covers the same privileges for the participants with physical and/or online presence and includes

• Access to the conference proceedings and workshops throughout the conference and the Live streaming platform

• Eligibility to offer coffee and light lunch (for attendees with physical presence )

• Sending a certificate of attendance and e-book


Please visit the online registration form by clicking on the following link:

The registration amount can be paid only in one of the following banks

PIRAEUS BANK Bank Account Number: 6856 1419 88712 IBAN: GR11 0171 856000 6856 1419 88712 Swift Code / BIC: PIRBGRAA Account Holder: Alpha Public Relations & Integrated Marketing S.A

EUROBANK Bank Account Number:0026 0474 06 0200261009 IBAN: GR 29 026 0474 0000 06 0200261009 Swift Code/BIC: ERBKGRAA Account Holder: Alpha Public Relations & Integrated Marketing S.A

To consider the registration as valid, it is MANDATORY the proof of deposit to be sent to the conference secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The registration will be completed as soon as you receive a reply email from the organizing company up to 5 days after sending the transaction receipt. The cancellation and refund policy is the same as indicated on the registration website / registration /

We hope to have your participation.

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