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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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Preface

In recent years, the Nordic countries have placed great emphasis on Nordic co-operation and the exchange of experience in the health sector. In 2009–2010 the countries prioritised the theme “improvements and development work in the social and health care service” focusing on mental health, and allocated DKK five million of the sector's project funds to co-operation in mental health. A Nordic forum on mental health, made up of national experts and a representative from the Nordic School of Public Health, was set up. The forum was asked to present a report which would provide the basis of future Nordic co-operation in this field. The report was presented to the Nordic Council of Ministers for Health and Social Affairs and the Committee of Senior Officials for Health and Social Affairs in June 2010, and it was decided to use the report as the basis for co-operation in the field of mental health in 2011.

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