On 25 - 28.05.2014 made Pärnu, Tartu and Viljandi specialists study trip to Norway, Drammen. Visited local agencies working with children and families and attended an interactive seminar conducted by local professionals.
The study trip was organized by Pärnu children's and youth's mental health center and from our team joined the study trip project manager Aneth Tuurmaa and social worker Kairi Nool.
Our local host was Lars Robert Lund, who had trained estonian specialists in the field of child development psychology, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy etc. He has taken part in adapting assessment instruments used in Norway into Estonian environment.
During our study trip in Drammen (Norway) we had a chance to visit local mental health centers (in-patient department and acute department for adolescence) and take part in training seminar. We also had an opportunity to visit local family center.
In Norway, like in most western countries, the services for people with mental health problems have gone through major changes over the last decades. The number of patients staying in psychiatric institutions has been reduced and most people with mental problems now live outside institutions. However, provision of services has not kept pace with these developments. Decentralised services are being developed and services have become more readily available.
We are thankful that we had a chance to meet such great specialists and take part in getting to know Norway’s mental health services.