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Estonia’s first mental health centre for children opened

With support from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norway Grants, Estonia’s first mental health centre for children and adolescents has now been opened.

Foto: FHI.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), through the Norway Grants, is contributing to better health services in Estonia — in particular for children and adolescents with mental disorders. This work includes linking professional networks across country borders, as well as providing scientific advice and guidance.

The official opening of the new mental health centre in Tallinn on August 27 received widespread national attention in Estonia. The prime minister and the health minster both participated in the event, which was widely covered in Estonian media.

Improving children’s mental health

Historically, the mental health services for children and adolescents in Estonia have historically been strained due to limited resources, and efforts to establish this centre have been ongoing for some time. The centre is part of a national initiative to improve children’s mental health, which in turn plays into a programme aimed at improving public health in Estonia, financed by the Norway Grants. It will provide support to children and adolescents struggling with problems such as depression, anxiety, alcohol, drugs and eating disorders.

The new facility has been customized for various activities such as class room teaching and physical exercise, and it is well-suited for newly graduated specialists. The centre will also carry out preventive measures and offer outreach services.

About EEA Grants and Norway Grants

Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing disparities in Europe and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 countries in Central and southern Europe.

For 2009 to 2014, a total of 1.79 billion Euros have been set aside under the Grants. The EEA Grants (988.5 million Euros) are jointly financed by the three countries, whereas the Norway Grants (800 million Euros) are solely provided by Norway.

About the NIPH’s work as Donor Programme Partner

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a donor programme partner (DPP) within the ‘Public health initiatives’ programme area. The objective of this programme is to improve public health and reduce health inequalities in Europe.

In addition, the programme is expected to promote bilateral relations between the Donor and Beneficiary States.

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