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 campaigns.

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 Family.

Depression and the Family

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.

Find out more about this year’s European Depression Day and depression and the family.

If you are a Member of the European Parliament or have an interest in fighting depression, join our campaign to help and support people fighting with depression.