European Alliance for Sport and Mental Health 

The Project

EASMH increases awareness among mental health and sport professionals, for a new sport-based integrated recovery and rehabilitation model

Project summary

The EASMH project encourages participation in sport and physical activity (PA) since it aims at increasing awareness an skills among mental health professionals and sport professionals, for the development of new sport-based integrated recovery and rehabilitation models – under a biopsychosocial framework – for people with mental disorders.

The project will increase the participation in sport of people with mental health problems, in different stages and clinical conditions, and in different EU countries through the promotion – in a proper, stable and organised way – of structured PA programs for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of mental disorders. The project is based on awareness-raising activities focused on the added value of sport and physical activity in psychiatry and on activities that promote innovative synergies between sport organisations and health sector.

General Objectives

  • To create a European network able to coordinate efforts to make the mental health sector work in a well-coordinated partnership with the sport sector in order to promote structured exercise for people with mental health problems.
  • To reduce the knowledge and operational gap among sport and mental health professionals on the involvement of people with mental disorders and psychiatric patients in practicing regular structured physical activity.
  • To spread at local, national and European level, an integrated sport-based model for psychiatric patients and people with mental issues.
  • To fight against the social stigma still existing around mental illness and make the whole civil society more aware of mental disorders and more inclusive.

The Partnership


Full List of Partners

P1: European Culture and Sport Organization (ECOS) – Italy

P2: University of Constanta, “Faculty of Physical Education and Sport” (OVIDIUS) – Romania

P3: Hämeen Liikunta ja Urheilu ry – Finnish Sport Federation Tampere Region (HLU) – Finland

P4: European Platform for Sport Innovation (EPSI) – Belgium

P5: Everton in the Community (EitC) – United Kingdom

P6: University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli” – Department of Psychiatry (UNICAMPANIA) – Italy

P7: European Psychiatric Association (EPA) – France

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