This week is “European Mental Health Week”. Take a moment to explore the resources available on this platform to help patients navigate the challenges of living with pulmonary hypertension

European Mental Health Week is a pan-European initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in our everyday lives. Set up and run by Europe’s largest independent mental health NGO Mental Health Europe (MHE), the fourth edition will take place from 22 May until 28 May 2023.

Pulmonary hypertension has a significant impact on the lives of patients, in terms not only of physical limitations but also uncertainty about the future, the potential inability to continue working, the need for regular medical check-ups, the burden and complexities of treatments and, potentially, the need to undergo lung/lung-heart transplantation.

2021 study which included 217 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, found that over one third had mental health issues, mainly depressive disorder and panic disorder, exceeding the prevalence of these disorders in the general population. The study found that these mental health issues had a substantial impact on quality of life.

The PH-KSP includes a number of sections which deal with mental wellbeing.

🔎 Explore the PH-KSP Mental wellbeing section where you will find a selection of support resources and general information in different languages and formats

📍 Check the PH-KSP Support section where you can find information about:

  • Patient associations/support groups
  • Telephone helplines and e-mail support initiatives
  • Social media patient support groups
  • Mentoring/buddy/companion programs
  • Patient/carer/family member meetings

✍️ The PH-KSP also features a number of patient/family member/carer stories

🧭 For context you may also wish to see the PH-KSP page on “Living with PH”

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