Mental health problems cause a huge burden on the wellbeing of population and an economic burden on the society. Our aim is to promote the children’s right to good mental wellbeing regardless of their socioeconomic environment, geographical location or ethnic background. Research shows that increasing mental health literacy is an important component of mental wellbeing in both children and adults. This is complemented with targeted early interventions delivered in a digital environment in critical transition periods from the childbirth to adolescence. This serves to prevent later adversities in life. Special attention is given to immigrant population and their specific needs. Digital environment provides equal opportunities for all involved parties and advances the adoption of behaviors supporting mental wellbeing. All these interrelated components of our program will facilitate the shift from child welfare and specialized level treatment to early interventions and prevention.
Professor Leif Andre Sourander
University of Turku