Ursula von der Leyen, President of European Commission and Roberta Metsola, President of European Parliament, participated online in the 3rd Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen, founded by Olena Zelenska, the wife of the President of Ukraine, which took place in Kyiv on September 6th.
The theme of the Third Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen was "Mental Health: Resilience and Vulnerability of the Future".
Over the past decade, the world has been going through a series of extremely devastating challenges - the pandemic, the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic, climate change and natural disasters, earthquakes and floods, wars, including the full-scale war in Europe launched by Russia against Ukraine. These challenges test our resilience and true friendship. But they also emphasize an invisible vulnerability - our mental health.
According to a sociological study, about 90% of Ukrainians have experienced at least one symptom of anxiety disorder since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Many similar studies have been conducted in different countries around the world, proving the obvious - economic and political turmoil, waves of migration due to military conflicts, and climate change have a significant negative impact on human well-being.
Mental health is an integral part of the concept of human well-being; therefore, further development of human capital in the world is impossible without proper attention to this area of life.
The Third Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen focused on this one of the most important topics for creating a better future for humanity together.