Welcome to the 12th ENMESH conference. 

The European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH) has a history of progressing thinking and research about mental health services and systems within and beyond Europe since its first conference in 1994, and we are delighted that our colleagues at Groningen are hosting this important event. The 2017 conference builds on the trajectory established in previous ENMESH conferences, from an initial focus on theoretical clarity and measurement approaches, through to epidemiological studies and the evaluation of innovative interventions and service models. The themes for Groningen 2017 reflect a further maturing of the field, with a focus on individualising and contextualising care. These themes reflect the reality that the best mental health care involves blending professional expertise with lived experience, and the importance of moving beyond invariant solutions to context-specific and culturally-sensitive approaches. I am optimistic that the presentations at Groningen 2017 will include world-leading research, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Mike Slade
Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, University of Nottingham
Chair of ENMESH

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