Young people’s mental health, social capital and help-seeking behaviour

The collected research shows a continued negative trend for mental health among young people in Sweden. It is extremely urgent to try to reverse the trend, which from a societal perspective would contribute to profits on several levels. For individual young people and families, suffering would be reduced. For the school, a more positive and safer climate would be created with more students passing school with passing grades. For society as a whole, the health and medical care would be relieved by young people receiving the right help at the right level and with a reduced risk of sick leave related to mental illness later in working life.

About the project

Project period:

  • 2014–2023


  • The Knowledge foundation
  • The Kamprad foundation
  • Halmstad kommun

Project leaders:

Project participants:

Collaboration partners:

  • Folkhälsomyndigheten
  • Krook & Tjäder AB
  • Nationell Samverkan för Psykisk hälsa (NSPH)
  • Centrum för Evidensbaserade Psykosociala Insatser (CEPI)
  • Affecta Psykiatrimottagning Halmstad
  • Socialtjänsten Laholms kommun
  • Tilia
  • Maskrosbarn


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  • Mental Health Problems among Young People—A Scoping Review of Help-Seeking. Westberg K.H., Nyholm M., Nygren J.M., Svedberg P. Int. J. Environ. Public Health 2022, 19, 1430.
  • ‘Lost in space - an exploration of help-seeking among young people with mental health problems: a constructivist grounded theory study. Häggström Westberg K., Nygren JM., Nyholm M., Carlsson IM., Svedberg P. 2020. Archives of Public Health.
  • Advancing knowledge on social capital for adolescent mental health. Morgan A., Svedberg P., Nyholm M., Nygren JM. 2020. Health Promotion International. 1–13
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  • The validity of socioeconomic status measures among adolescents based on self-reported information about parents occupations, FAS and perceived SES; Implication for health related quality of life studies. Svedberg, P., Nygren, J.M., Staland-Nyman, C., Nyholm, M. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2016;16:48.
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  • Psychometric evaluation of a Swedish version of Minneapolis-Manchester quality of life-youth form and adolescent form. Einberg EL, Kadrija I, Brunt D, Nygren JM, Svedberg P. 2013. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 11:79.