Opening seminar for UngMeistring

Group picture from the seminar

This week it was time for the opening of UngMeistring. Several of the partners were gathered to get information about the start-up and the way forward.

UngMeistring is a new project in Forhelse in collaboration with several partners. The project’s main goal is to develop and evaluate eight digital online and game-based self-help and treatment programs for young people between 13 and 18 years of age. These programs will address four diagnoses; eating disorders, anxiety, ADHD and depression.

The project was awarded 25 million NOK from the Research Council of Norway under the Pilot Health program. Through its DigiUng project, the Norwegian Directorate of Health has provided additional funding, and is a partner in the project. The project is rented by Helse Bergen and Kristin Bruvik is the project owner.

UngMeistring has an interdisciplinary and broad composition of partners:

  • Helse Bergen HF
  • Helse Fonna HF
  • Helse Stavanger HF
  • Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge HF
  • Ministry of Health and Care Services
  • Helse Vest IKT (Western Norway Regional Health Authority ICT dept)
  • Sjukehusinnkjøp
  • University of Bergen
  • Bømlo kommune
  • Attensi
  • Youwell
  • SkillUp AS

Project leader Kristin Bruvik was very satisfied with the day;

It was nice to see such great commitment from the partners. This project will challenge new aspects of online treatment that we do not know the answer to, among other things related to how to take care of privacy for young people who do not have a bank ID, says Bruvik.

According to Bruvik, there has been a sharp increase in the need for mental health services for young people in the last two eyars.

It will be interesting to work with user involvement to understand the needs of the young people we want to help. In the project, we will link technology and professional content in a way that engages young people and that has a positive health effect. We will target both digital platforms such as where young people can find help on their own, we will collaborate with the municipalities to strengthen their services for young people, and we will strengthen specialist health services with digital tools that can help more people more effectively, she says.

The opening seminar was characterized by a committed and competent group with large knowledge in various subject areas. The project will include clinicians from the BUP services, business partners with experience in developing digital health programs and representatives from both primary and specialist health services.