Estonian mental health experts and educators visit Norway
A delegation from Estonia recently came to Norway to learn how children diagnosed with severe and persistent mental and behavioural disorders are supported at school, as part of the Public Health Initiatives programme.
The delegation included child psychologists, two head teachers from special schools in Estonia and representatives from the Estonian National Insurance Board, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Education. They visited three schools; Holmen School in Akershus, Oslo University Hospital’s child and youth inpatient special school in Nydalen and the school at Kringsjåtunet child and adolescent inpatient service in Lillehammer. The delegation also learnt how these schools integrate with child and youth mental health inpatient and outpatient services in Oslo and Lillehammer.
“A thousand thanks for creating really interesting site-visits and meetings with wonderful specialists” said Anna Toots, Project Manager from the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs.
Public Health Initiatives
As part of the Public Health Initiatives programme of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Estonia is implementing a pre-defined project programme to develop and pilot rehabilitation services for children with severe mental health problems. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a donor programme partner (DPP) for Estonia.
Estonia does not currently provide integrated services for children who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental and behavioural disorders and their associated social and learning problems.
The pilot programme aims to support these children, including those who need 24-hour special care and those who need a long-term voluntary service. They will deliver a single complex service which includes integrated social, health and educational services, taking into consideration the children’s needs and allowing them to learn in a safe environment and to ensure they can cope as adults.