Good Practices / Tina


Provision of information
and prevention of discrimination

Organization that is implementing

Karolinska Institutet, KI Medical university of Solna 



Level of


Target Group




Project Overview

Statistics done in Stockholm County show that children and youth with a migrant background seek mental health care, in a much lower extent than Swedish born. This project aims to investigate how healthcare can be inclusive and easily accessible for people with migrant background. Professionals working with mental health get adequate training in order to find new methods that can facilitate the target group to get right support. 

Health communicators will increase migrants to seek for mental health care. 

Main Activities

The use of Bridge builders to spread information about the Swedish health system.

  • The project has developed a translation application that the target group can use when seeking care.
  • More than 245 professionals and parents from different municipalities in Stockholm have attended trainings where they learn how to identify children in need of psychiatric care.
  • Posters with information at the health care centers
  • Help and guidance through webpages
  • Drop in at the health care centers to book appointments – not a key factor. Might be because of the pandemic.


More Information

How was the Project born?

Different studies have identified that children with migrant background seek mental health  care in a lower extent compared  to rest of the society. In this context, the medical university of Stockholm  (Karolinska institute) started a project in order to find ways of  increasing mental health care among migrant children. 

Challenges in the implementation

1. Not enough personal resources

The project leaders try to identify key persons (professionals and parents) who can in their turn train other people

2. Cultural barriers that prevent migrant to seek mental health care.

Using bridge builders with the same background as the target group. 

Impact on refugees or local community lives?

Professionals working with migrants have noticed that more and more children and youth feel comfortable with discussing mental issues. More children/youth from Stockholm seek mental health care than before.