Fortes ten-year programme about mental health will fund interdisciplinary research, gather existing research, create platforms to disseminate results and stimulate strategic collaboration on mental health. The assignment to initiate the research programme was part of the Swedish Government’s research and innovation bill 2020. On this page you can find information about the programme’s main focus and future activities.
About the programme
In the Government’s research and innovation bill 2020, Forte was commissioned to establish a ten-year national research programme on mental health. The programme will deal with children’s and young people’s mental health, prevention and early interventions in mental illness, suicide prevention and coordinated interventions for people with severe psychiatric problems.
The new research is expected to increase the understanding of why mental illness increases in society and develop methods and treatments to reduce the extent and alleviate the consequences of mental illness and deseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, fatigue syndrome, depression, schizophrenia or personality disorder.
Previous events and planned activities
The assignment includes developing a strategic research agenda that will guide the work within the programme and function as a basis for future announcements of research funding. This agenda is planned to be completed in the autumn of 2022 and will be updated continuously.
During the autumn of 2021 Forte gathered input from experts, authorities, civil organizations and other actors, to better understand existing societal challenges, needs and knowledge gaps. We have also held an open consultationon on our homepage to invite interested parties to participate and influence research on mental health .
Currently, 21 research projects are funded through the national programme on mental health research. The projects were granted through a call on children’s and young people’s mental health that was carried out in 2022.