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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, mental well-being and mental health services in the Nordic countries. The pre-conference event provides an opportunity for experts and researchers to exchange data and experiences on mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is co-organized by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

The expert meeting is organised as a pre-event. Registration to the expert meeting has ended.



Mental health and suicides in Finland during the covid-19 pandemic.
Research professor Jaana Suvisaari and research professor Timo Partonen, Mental health team, Equality Unit, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Mental health of the general population and vulnerable groups in Latvia during COVID-19 pandemic.
M.D., Ph.D., Leading Researcher, Asst. Prof. Jeļena Vrubļevska, Riga Stradins University, Department of Psychiatry and Narcology; Instititute of Public Health, Latvia

Follow-up of the most vulnerable in covid-19. A Norwegian approach.

Project manager Freja Ulvestad Kärki, The Norwegian Directorate of Health, Norway

09:20 Discussion

09:30 Short break

09:35 10:20

Mental health in the adult Swedish population during the Covid-19 pandemic 2020.
PhD (Psychology) Hillevi Busch, Public Health Agency of Sweden, Sweden

Covid-19: Direct and indirect consequences for mental health.
Professor, Head of research Michael Eriksen Benros, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Icelandic situation and response to COVID-19 when it comes to mental health and wellbeing.
Director Dóra Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir, Directorate of Health, Iceland

10:20 Discussion

10:30 Panel discussion
Participants: Speakers from the Nordic countries and Latvia

11:00 End of pre-conference meeting

Mental health policy strategy 2020-2030.