Mental Health, Activity and Participation

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Unit profile


With our research, we want to understand and promote persons’ mental health, activity and participation and as a result help them to live as meaningful lives as possible and participate in society despite mental ill health. Developing, evaluating and implementing recovery-oriented interventions that help in different life situations and in different environments is therefore critical. We address different target groups such as young adults with interrupted schooling, persons with alarming and complex mental health needs, those who live in supported housing, visitors at day centers or clubhouses, newly arrived immigrants, persons with depression on sick leave, but also professionals in welfare services and employers. We develop our research in collaboration with service users and professionals who provide care and support, employers, software companies and authorities.


Our research group is inter- and multidisciplinary and represents health sciences, mental health services research, occupational therapy, nursing, e-health, and public health. The group is part of CEPI (Center for Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions). Examples Some examples of our projects are Peer Support, Individual Placement and Support, Supported Education, Sensory Modulation, Activity In My Home (AIMH), mWorks-A digital return-to-work tool, Take Away, Balance in Everyday Life (BEL), Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT), Ups & Downs in Mental Health, Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy (NECT), Mental Health Literacy in primary care,, Young adults and their transition to school and employment, Support to Employers About Mental Health (SEAM) etcetera.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychiatry

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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