ENMESH - the European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation - was established in 1991 under the auspices of the World Health Organisation, Regional Office for Europe. It is a network of active researchers in the field of Mental Health Service Research and Evaluation.
ENMESH aims are:
1) To develop and maintain a network of active researchers in mental health service research in Europe.
2) To promote the development and dissemination of study designs, research instruments, mental health outcome indicators (including cost measurements), and relevant forms of statistical indicators.
3) To function as a clearing house for mental health service evaluation information in Europe.
ENMESH main activities are:
a) To organise an international conference every second year - where researchers meet, are networking and discussing research related issues. b) To run and update every second year a register of researchers active in the field of mental health service research and evaluation. c) To maintain an Internet web-site to inform of activities within and linked to ENMESH. A Message Board Area is available in the ENMESH web site’s home page for researchers in the field to publish Announcements concerning Congresses, Studies, Initiatives, Publications and other issues related to Mental Health Services Evaluation activities. The Message Board is aimed to facilitating exchange of experiences and information in the field.
ENMESH network is run by a group of active researchers in this field of research; they make up the Executive Committee. A group of Associated Board Members is also involved in contributing to specific ENMESH core activities, including favouring exchanges through the web facilities and strengthening contacts with researchers in the area of Mental Health Service evaluation outside Europe. The network in its structure, culture and organisation is informal. This enhances the opportunities of researchers within the network to know each other, meet and establish collaboration between researchers and groups of researchers. Over 400 researchers from many different Eastern and Western European Countries are registered in the network, including several leading researchers in the field.