A community intervention

The aim of the first part of the project is to perform interventions to increase both help seeking behaviour and referrals to first-line mental health services. We have gathered data on Haninge’s demographics to tailor interventions geographically according to need.

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In order to explore possible barriers to care, interviews with migrant parents in contact with psychiatric services for their children are being or were conducted. The focus of the interviews is to elicit parents’ experiences of help-seeking and to understand factors that can facilitate or hinder this process.

We will provide:

Health communication to stakeholders

  • Stakeholders and professionals in the immediate community, such as: NGOs, Student health, Social services, BUP and primary care 
  • One-day training offered, several opportunities within six months
  • Training focuses on how to identify children in need of health care; on migration and trauma

Health communication to the target group

  • Target group: migrant parents and unaccompanied minors who have been in Sweden less than 10 years
  • Delivered by health communicators from Transkulturellt Centrum
  • Delivered in groups, multiple sessions


"I had no idea there were psychiatric clinics for children": A qualitative study of how migrant parents reach Swedish mental health services for their children.
Gubi E, Hollander AC, Bäärnhielm S
Transcult Psychiatry 2024 May;():13634615241250203

Are all children treated equally? Psychiatric care and treatment receipt among migrant, descendant and majority Swedish children: a register-based study.
Gubi E, Sjöqvist H, Dalman C, Bäärnhielm S, Hollander AC
Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci 2022 Apr;31():e20

Mental health service use among migrant and Swedish-born children and youth: a register-based cohort study of 472,129 individuals in Stockholm.
Gubi E, Sjöqvist H, Viksten-Assel K, Bäärnhielm S, Dalman C, Hollander AC
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2022 Jan;57(1):161-171

Perceived barriers to care for migrant children and young people with mental health problems and/or neurodevelopmental differences in high-income countries: a meta-ethnography.
Place V, Nabb B, Gubi E, Assel K, Åhlén J, Hagström A, Bäärnhielm S, Dalman C, Hollander AC
BMJ Open 2021 Sep;11(9):e045923

Effect and process evaluation of a multicomponent public health intervention to increase the use of primary care-based mental health services amongst children with a migrant background in Stockholm, Sweden: a protocol for a mixed-methods study.
Place V, Assel K, Hagström A, Gubi E, Augustsson H, Dalman C, Hollander AC
BMJ Open 2021 Jul;11(7):e052820

Interventions to increase migrants' care-seeking behaviour for stigmatised conditions: a scoping review.
Place V, Nabb B, Viksten Assel K, Bäärnhielm S, Dalman C, Hollander AC
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2021 Jun;56(6):913-930



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Anna-Clara Hollander

Principal Researcher

Karima Assel

Project Manager
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Ana Hagström

Phd Student
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Hanna Johans

Hanna Johans