Global mental health

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The Global mental health research group 
is a national research group hosted by
the following institutions at University of Bergen: 
Centre for International Health and Centre for Crisis Psychology.


We aim to build competencies in global mental through research and training. Our focus is the Sustainable Development Goals SDG 3.4 and 3.5 focusing on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing throughout the life span. Our interests are in line with several global and national strategies. The current strategy from the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Ministry of Health and Care services has now embraced global health in their strategy: “Bedre helse, bedre liv” 2020-2024 (Eng. Better health, better lives). Norway's  International Development Strategy on Combating Non-Communicable Diseases includes mental health. The WHO Mental health action plan 2013–2020 has been extended to 2030. One of the four objectives of the action plan is to strengthen information systems, evidence and research for mental health.

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Research publication
Nature screen shot

PROMISE consortium published in Nature

The PROMISE consortium has published the results of their long-term study showing similar long-term clinical outcomes from early use of two different HIV prophylactic drugs in Nature.

new publication
alcohol abuse

Identifying an issue that should be addressed early

Early initiation of alcohol and other harmful substance use is an important predictor for developing substance use disorders in later life. CIH and CIH-associated researchers have undertaken a study reporting on the existence of childhood alcohol abuse and dependency in Eastern Uganda.

Master students
group discussion in Buikwe, Uganda

Master students are valuable Research Group members

For Master students, being a part of a Research Group can be an important career starting point. It can be an instant networking opportunity, with ripple effects extending through the networks of all the group members. The experience also provides students with support for their research and studies.

PhD research
co-authors Larry Davidson and Christine H. Ødegaard

Having a choice in mental health care

CIH PhD Candidate, Christine H. Ødegaard, was part of a team of researchers who recently published results about how mental health recovery was facilitated when patients were given options of different therapies and provided with education about the benefits, drawbacks, and evidence for the...

International conference presentation
ASCAPAP Conference

Sharing results of 14 years of Norwegian-Cambodian collaboration

The Cambodian – Norwegian collaborating team presented research results at the 10th Congress of the Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions