The Swedish Partnership for Mental Health, NSPH, is a network of organizations for patients, users and family carers in the mental health field. We see ourselves – patients, users and next of kin – as a resource that is both essential and indispensable for the development of health care, support and treatment in society.

Our aim is to work together so that patients, users and family carers will have a greater level of participation in the healthcare and support services and gain a greater influence on the decisions that are made at various levels in society. NSPH thus focuses on issues as user influence, more patient-centered care and systematic quality improvements within the health services.

This has been a core feature of NSPH’s work since it started in 2007. Strengthening both national and regional networks, with the aim of increasing the pressure for participation in the government’s continued endeavors in the mental health field, has been a major focus the last few years.

  • For society to develop in such a way so that it works better to prevent mental ill health.
  • For the mental health services and the social care services to develop in a human, effective and secure way.
  • For patients, users and next of kin to be able to have an increased participation in more in health care and support services and have a greater influence at all levels in society.
  • For the mental health services to be accessible, democratic and executed in accordance with the rule of law.
  • For the mental health services and social care services to have good quality and be based on scientific and proven experience.

We run our own development projects and co-operate with organizations, authorities, municipalities and county council health authorities in the development of and dissemination of new methods for quality assurance, exerting influence and participation.

We have currently two development projects – both funded by the State Inheritance Fund in Sweden:

Project PEER Support
The aim of PEER Support is to develop and establish peer support as a new professional role in the Swedish healthcare services. The intention is to produce a national program with guidelines and a framework for a Swedish education in peer support as well as training the first peer supporters in the country during 2016-19. Read more

To Grow up and Be Healthy
A project about mental health and increased participation for children and young people at school, in the social services and in contacts with the mental health services. Read more

”Who helps those who help?”

This report shows a disturbing picture of the family carers’ situation and a great need for support for family carers: psychosocial support, relief, help in coordinating contacts with the health services and authorities, support in everyday life and help with financial issues. The report is part of NSPH’s work in shedding light on and improving the situation for family carers in the member organizations.
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Procedures manual – peer support

This publication contains guidelines and directives for training, implementation and employment of peer support. It has been developed within the PEER Support-project. Download it

NSPH is a member of IIMHL

In spring 2018 NSPH – for the first time – participated in the global meeting IIMHL, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, a leadership exchange within the psychiatric field. This recurrent meeting took place in Sweden with the overall theme “Bulilding Bridges Beyond Borders” during May 28th– June 1st . NSPH arranged a match/workshop regarding family and carers: “Building bridges between families, carers and service systems”, with participants from Sweden, Ireland, The Netherlands and Australia. Another match took place in Gothenburg: ”Peer support and peer involvement in strategy development – practical implications and different experiences worldwide!”, with participants from Scotland, Ireland, England, The Netherlands and Australia, New Zeeland and Norway.