Promoting mental well-being in children and adolescents

Ongoing Projects

SBU assess relevant and well-conducted research and investigate what effect different interventions have, if there are any risks or ethical problems, and what is most cost-effective in the areas of health care, dentistry, social services, and within the areas of functional disability and work environment.

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SBU has been commissioned by the Swedish government to review the state of knowledge for programs aimed at promoting mental health among children and adolescents. As part of the assignment, SBU will also identify knowledge gaps and highlight areas where more research is needed. The work is carried out in consultation with the Swedish Public Health Agency, the National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden's Municipalities and Regions (SKR), and other actors who have knowledge of the field and are relevant for the implementation of the assignment.


The health promotion work for children and adolescents is carried out primarily by the Swedish regions and municipalities. To be able to implement effective health promotion initiatives, they need to have access to knowledge about which methods and programs that are effective and influence the mental health. This project aims to find interventions with a proven effect, and to identify areas where more research is needed.

Planned to be published: Quarter 4, 2022 Registration no: SBU 2020/430

Project group


  • Anneli Ivarsson, Professor and Consultant, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University & Public Health Unit, Region Västerbotten
  • Martin Karlberg, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Uppsala university
  • Catrine Kostenius, Professor, Luleå tekniska universitet
  • Elisabeth Mangrio, Associate professor, Department of Care Science, Malmö university

    From SBU

    • Lotta Ryk, Project Manager
    • Agneta Pettersson, Assistant Project Manager
    • Hanna Olofsson, Information Specialist
    • Irini Åberg, Project Administrator
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