Project euPrevent Mental Health & Social Networks (euPrevent SoMe)

A healthy border region is vital for the well-being of its citizens, and mental health care, including prevention, plays a crucial role. The SoMe Microproject strives to foster cross-border collaboration and bring together citizens in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion (EMR) by mapping relevant social networks and providing insight into prevention and care systems. By identifying challenges in mental health care cooperation, we aim to improve the quality of life for all EMR citizens.

Project framework

Target group: EMR citizens who are at risk of falling through the cracks in mental health prevention and care or who do not have access to the full range of mental health services, as well as the social networks of these citizens, organizations and experts in mental health prevention and care, social associations and the general public.

Period: 01 December 2022 – 14 October 2023

Background of the project

Social networks are a fundamental aspect of disease prevention as they encompass all of a person’s social relationships. However, the social connections of citizens in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion (EMR) often include cross-border elements such as work, school, and leisure, but mental health services and prevention efforts end at the national border. Additionally, EMR citizens who frequently cross national borders often encounter organizational and financial barriers when trying to access comprehensive mental health services and are often excluded from prevention measures. To effectively address the mental health needs of EMR citizens, a comprehensive approach that takes into account the euregional mobility of individuals is essential.


Activity 1 – Euregional life stories

Five euregional stories that give a voice to EMR citizens and highlight cross-border challenges and barriers related to mental health prevention and care. Additionally, five exemplary social networks of EMR citizens are outlined.

Activity 2- Information sheets

The preparation of two informational sheets, one for citizens and one for professionals, aims to assist both groups in utilizing or providing cross-border mental health services.

Activity 3 – Euregional social media campaign

The development and implementation of an euregional social media campaign is a key element in the realization of the project and the dissemination of the results of the first two activities.

The micro-project euPrevent SoMe is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the project partners within the framework of the project People to People2 Interreg V-A EMR.


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