Welcome to the European Depression Association
The European Depression Association (EDA) is an alliance of organisations, patients, researchers and healthcare professionals from 19 countries across Europe. Click here to see where we are active.
Depression is already the most prevalent health problem
in many EU Member States, and more than 50 million European
citizens (11% of the population) experience mental disorders
at some time in their lives. EDA raises awareness and
promotes better understanding of the impact of depression on
people’s lives, to challenge stigma and discrimination, and
to provide a voice for those who experience depression. By
coming together in Europe, members of the EDA exchange
research, information and best practices; co-ordinate
pan-European actions, and extend the reach of their
Each year EDA organises European Depression Day to raise awareness of depression across Europe. The theme of this year’s campaign is Depression and the Workplace.
Depression and the workplace
Depression is one of the biggest killers of young people and is so common that we believe it affects every family in Europe in some way. More than 1 in 10 EU citizens suffer from depression at some point in their life and they commonly experience symptoms such as lack of attention, memory loss and difficulty planning and taking decisions. These cognitive symptoms can have a significant impact on quality of life and the ability to function at work, school and in social situations. Over the last 3 years EDA has focussed on depression and work but our campaign this year will examine the impact on the wider family too.
Find out more about this year’s European Depression Day and depression and the family.