Fortes new 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.

Upcoming 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 spring of 2022 and will be updated continuously.

During the autumn of 2021 Forte will focus on gathering input from experts, authorities, civil organizations and other actors, to better understand existing societal challenges and knowledge gaps. An open consultation to invite interested parties to participate and influence research on mental health will also be organised.