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Strengthening mental health in the Nordic countries - suggestions for initiatives for promotion of the exchange of knowledge and experience

Report by the Nordic Expert Group on Mental Health, 2009 - 2010

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The Nordic Expert Group on Mental Health suggest a series of Nordic activities that support and supplement national strategies for mental health and support the development of relevant areas within mental health. The six areas chosen constitute challenges common to all the Nordic countries, where the differences between the countries constitute beneficial possibilities for mutual learning and the creation of Nordic added value. The concrete suggestions have been chosen with the intent of stimulating developments by collecting, building and disseminating common knowledge. The suggestions can support comparisons between the countries and the use of common and precise targets, monitoring and evaluation of the work currently being done regarding mental health.

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Nordic contribution to international efforts

In 2005, all the Nordic countries signed the WHO Helsinki Mental Health Declaration for Europe and Mental Health Action Plan for Europe. According to the declaration, each member state is committed to report back to the WHO on the progress of implementation of the Declaration at an intergovernmental meeting. The Expert Group suggests that the Nordic Council of Ministers in cooperation with the WHO take the initiative for such an intergovernmental meeting. The Expert Group suggests a preparatory working meeting during the spring of 2011 with the aim of providing an important and cohesive Nordic contribution, as a step in preparations in the event of a European intergovernmental WHO meeting in a Nordic country being arranged later that same year or in 2012.

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