Areas, topics, and goals covered by EJMH:
The Focus of the Journal
The European Journal of Mental Health, an open-access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, professional journal concerned with mental health, personal well-being and its supporting ecosystems that acknowledge the importance of people’s interactions with their environments, established in 2006, is published on 280 pages per volume in English by the Semmelweis University Institute of Mental Health. The journal’s professional oversight is provided by the Editor-in-Chief and an international Editorial Board. The semiannual journal, with issues appearing in June and December, is published in Budapest.
EJMH is a full open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
The journal aims at the dissemination of the latest scientific research on mental health and well-being in Europe. It seeks novel, integrative and comprehensive, applied as well as theoretical articles that are inspiring for professionals and practitioners with different fields of interest: social and natural sciences, humanities and different segments of mental health research and practice.
The primary thematic focus of EJMH is the social-ecological antecedents of mental health and foundations of human well-being. Most specifically, the journal welcomes contributions that present high-quality, original research findings on well-being and mental health across the lifespan and in historical perspective.
EJMH is encouraging
– theoretical approaches based on the social ecology of resilience to mental health research and practice
– methodological approaches based on responsible research and innovation, open science and patient-based, participatory and dialogue models
– practice and policy action-oriented research that is responsive to individuals with mental health problems and their families, health-care workers, policymakers, and funders
In particular, we seek contributions on the following sources:
Causes and determinants of the development of mental health symptoms and syndromes
– risk factors and protective factors for mental disorders
– social-ecological determinants of mental health; the role of physical, built and social environments, social and community relations that maintain psychological health
– vulnerabilities and stress across the lifespan (children, adolescents, young adults and older population)
– intense use of new media (internet, gaming, and social media) e.g. in early age and adolescence
– effects of ageing, long-term care, age-friendly cities/settlements, loneliness, older age social exclusion
Empowerment of mental health service users and carers
– co-responsibility in patient-based research, research with and for service users
– valuation of unpaid and informal caregiving, family members of people with mental health problems
– anti-stigmatisation, anti-victimisation and anti-discrimination interventions
– social inclusion, health inequalities, access to mental health disorder prevention
– coping and recovery
Systemic understanding of the sociocultural and socioeconomic contexts
– differences in the financial, regulatory organisation, implementation and reliability of service provision, the effectiveness of health-care systems
– the political and legal context of mental health, mental health policies; formal and informal networks of care, ethical tensions and diagnostic cultures
– socio-cultural change, climate adaptation, urbanisation, digitalisation, globalisation and individualisation, changing labour markets, global epidemics and community transitions, demographic shifts, mass migration
– evaluation methods to assess mental health services
Interventions: mental disorder prevention, mental health promotion
– mental health promotion and social exclusion prevention
– treatments for pregnant women, children, adolescents and older generations
– interventions using new scientific and technological advances, ICT-based (eHealth) approaches
– social innovation in mental health care and service delivery
The vision of EJMH
In our view, human development and mental health, nature, culture and society are co-evolving systems interacting in complex and dynamic ways. Therefore, we are seeking new quantitative and qualitative empirical studies from theoretical or practical levels, possibly in a comparative fashion ranging through individual, socio-cultural, historical or institutional perspectives.