Children as relatives within psychiatry

The project contributes to fulfilling: Promote everyday integration

Sub programme: Öresund

Lead Partner: Psykiatri Skåne, Region Skåne

Partners: Region Hovedstadens Psykiatri

Project Period: 1 jan. 2012 - 31 dec 2014

Total Budget: 1 424 000 EUR

EU Grant: 712 000 EUR

Project Coordinator: Lisbeth Juhlin


Phone: 45 11 20 03

The two organisations in Öresundsregionen responsible for the collected specialised psychiatric resources in the public sector are interested in establishing collaboration between the two regions, region Skåne and region Hovedstaden.

The aim of this project is to develop co-operation and competence in the workforce through enhanced competence within a special area of psychiatry. This cooperation will focus on a comparatively undeveloped field (Barn som anhöriga i psykiatrin), where there are no fixed programmes or protocols to import directly from other organisations or countries.

This area contains many of the challenges in psychiatric care- cooperation with many different participants, i.e between the county council and the councils (in our case 62 different municipalities), with users (patient organisations) and relatives (and their organisations) as well as with different branches / specialities within the health care system.

Epidemiological studies have identified children who have parents with mental illness, severe somatic illness and / or addictions, as risk groups for mental health problems. In Sweden legislation in 2010 has established a right for all these children to receive information, advice and support in health care. This calls for a systematic and structured approach and a dialogue between the different parts of the health care system to assure that available support can be given in right time to the right person.

The project is to start in 2012 with a thorough survey of existing services, praxis, methods, as well as collaboration in Öresundsregionen. In the fall 2012 this data will be analysed and a plan for mutual competence development and training then be made. In 2013-2014 the plan is to give a basic education to a large part of employees (50 %)  and then tailor seminars for 200 “key persons” . After analysis and evalution the project will also educate 150 employees in an accepted method of intervention in the families.

A special part of the project will concentrate on families with other origin than ethnic Danish or Swedish.

Another part of the project will focus on users and relatives. This will relate to the national campaigns En af os in Denmark and (H)järnkoll in Sweden aiming at diminishing stigmatisation related to mental illness.

At the end of the project, plans are to implement the new knowledge, methods and co-operation in our ordinary offers in specialised psychiatry. This will have long term effects on mental health issues in next generation in the region.

The goal is to enhance the motility among our employed, to break down language and culture barriers on both sides in Öresundsregionen in order to make psychiatry attractive for future staff.

Project Coordinator

Lisbeth Juhlin

45 11 20 03