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7. Health and Well-Being

7.5 Mental health

Last update: 11 January 2021
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  1. National strategy(ies)
  2. Improving the mental health of young people

National strategy(ies)

The Government's youth health strategy #Young people health – the Norwegian Government’s strategy for young people’s health 2016 – 2021 [#Ungdomshelse – regjeringens strategi for ungdomshelse 2016-2021] sets out a number of goals to promote the mental health of youth in public health work:

  • Mental health should be equated with physical health and included as an equal part of the local public health work aimed at children and young people

  • All children and young people should feel belonging to a community

  • Fewer young people should experience body pressure

  • Increase the knowledge level of youth about the importance of sleep for health and school performance

  • Students should experience good health and coping skills

Improving the mental health of young people

Top-level measures that have been undertaken to achieve these goals related to mental health in Government's youth health strategy include:

  • The national programme for public health [Folkeheseprogrammet] run by the Directorate of Health which aims to strengthen mental health and substance abuse prevention as part of the municipalities’ public health work, as well as raising the municipalities' capacity in developing, implementing and evaluating knowledge-based measures.
  • The National Plan for children and young people's mental health for the period 2019-2024 [Prop. 121 S (2018–2019) Opptrappingsplan for barn og unges psykiske helse (2019–2024)]. The plan covers measures to ensure that more children and young people between 0-25 experience good mental health and a good quality of life, and that those who need it should receive appropriate and effective treatment. The plan contains both health-promoting, preventative and treatment-oriented measures. The plan is drawn up in collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
  • The establishment of a national grant scheme administered by the Directorate of Health to promote good health and well-being among students and prevent problems related to drug use. The grant scheme will promote new thinking, collaboration and knowledge sharing on preventive substance abuse and mental health work for students. The scheme will be used to follow up the findings in the Student Health and Well-Being Survey’ (SHoT)  which maps students' health and well-being and which is Norway's largest student survey on the topic. Universities, colleges and vocational colleges as well as student organizations can apply for grants when there is a cooperation agreement with the student union on the specific project / initiative. In addition, the ANSA student organization for Norwegian students abroad is eligible.
  • In March 2020 Statistics Norway (SSB) conducted a national survey on Quality of Life. The main purpose of the survey was to get knowledge on Norwegian’s quality of life, and study differences between population groups. Questions on general satisfaction with life, satisfaction with different areas of life, optimism for the future, general engagement, management of life, social relations and positive and negative feelings were asked in the survey.