Nordic Summit and conference on youth and mental health

On February 27-28th, The Norwegian presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers arranged the Nordic Summit on Mental Health and Nordic conference about youth, employment, education and mental health. Among the speakers were Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg, Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie, and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie, discussing the importance of labor market participation for mental health. The methodology Individual Placement and Support (IPS) was especially discussed, along with the project Effect evaluation of Individual Placement and Support (IPS). Our project leader Silje Reme also presented preliminary results from the SEED-trial.

The session “How do we support youth with mental health problems into employment? Individual placement and support (IPS) in the Nordic countries”, focused on how to help young people with mental illness attain employment, and the speakers presented their experiences from Sweden, Iceland and Norway. The main conclusion of the session was that IPS appears to be highly effective also in a Nordic context, with effect sizes comparable with other European studies. Financing and implementation of the intervention is however a challenge across countries.

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