An article from work-package 3 was recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Education Research. The article is titled ‘Pupils’ Perceptions of How Teachers’ Everyday Practices Support Their Mental Health: A Qualitative Study of Pupils Aged 14–15 in Norway‘ and is authored by Mælan, Tjomsland, Samdal & Thurston. Mælan completed her PhD related to work-package 3 on March 29th.
The sWell-research group has seen two new publications over the last few weeks. Ken Green, Miranda Thurston and Patrick Foss Johansen have authored a book chapter on sports participation in Norway in Macmillan’s Business and Culture of Sports. Additionally, Linda Røset, Ken Green and Miranda Thurston had their article Norwegian youngsters’ perceptions of physical education: exploring the implications for mental health published in the journal Sport, Education and Society this week.
On March 29th, sWell saw its first PhD completion as Ellen Nesset Mælan defended her thesis titled ‘Teachers’ everyday practices and pupils’ mental health: an exploratory study of secondary school’ at Inland Norway University, faculty of education. The thesis can be found here (in Norwegian, with English abstract).
The World Happiness Report has been published. The report, which is the 7th since it was first released in 2012, presents data on the state of global happiness, ranking 156 countries by perceived happiness among their population. This year’s report focuses on the role of technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies in changing happiness the past dozen years. The report can be read here, while a blog about the report can be read here …
Just published in the Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, a new article from work package 3 entitled ‘Helping Teachers Support Pupils with Mental Health Problems Through Inter-professional Collaboration: A Qualitative Study of Teachers and School Principals’. The article can be accessed here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00313831.2019.1570548
On the 1st January, 2019, Patrick Foss Johansen started as a new PhD stipendiat on the sWell project. Over the course of the next four years, he will investigate youngsters’ school and leisure careers through a mixed-methods study. The project will seek to build upon and extend the three-year longitudinal data collected through the ongoing work package 1, combined with qualitative interviews of the youngsters to get a better understanding of how their school and…
The 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) congress was held 15-17 October, involving over 1000 participants from over 60 countries. Among those were sWell’s Ingeborg Barth Vedøy presenting findings from work package 1 (physical activity, school and mental health). See here for abstract and pdf of the presentation. The congress had several interesting presentations, most of which can be accessed through the ISPAH programme at their website, found here.
Today is World Mental Health day. This years theme is young people and mental health in a changing world. Read more about it at World Health Organizations website.
Researchers have looked at the connections between spending time outdoors and children’s mental health. After a review of 35 studies on the topic, the conclussion is that the findings are mixed and that more work needs to be done. Read the article here.
On the 14th September at Karlstad University, Sweden, our college Annette Løvheim Kleppang defends her PhD thesis on the association between mental health and physical activity among adolescents. You can read more (in Norwegian) here
“Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school” is the title of an interesting article on the schools role in young peoples mental health. This is, among other relevant topics, discussed in relation to Physical Education. You can read the article here: https://theconversation.com/mental-health-crisis-in-teens-is-being-magnified-by-demise-of-creative-subjects-in-school-102383
Linda Røset, Ken Green, Hege Tjomsland and Miranda Thurston will be attending the European Educational Research Association conference in Bolzano, Italy 3-7 September. We are looking forward to meeting up with colleagues and presenting our research on mental health and physical education. See here for the abstract: https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/23/contribution/45530/
We are looking forward to presenting our research findings from all three work packages at the Sondre Land fysak conference on 20th September: https://fysakkonferansen.no/
The Norwegian government’s strategy for public mental health supports the idea of the equal importance of mental health alongside physical health in all public health work. It also emphasizes the importance of developing the research and innovation in this area, and especially emphasizes the importance of promoting good mental health and wellbeing among children and young people.
An interesting report has been published by the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen on mental health and happiness in the Nordic countries, which has been picked up by The Guardian newspaper in England
Like Norway, the Netherlands has been among the highest placed countries in the OECD Better life index for several years, including top ratings for life satisfaction. This year’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is no different, indicating that Dutch youngsters are among the happiest among the 48 countries included. This has caught the attention of the English newspaper The Guardian, which has delved into exactly what makes Dutch teenagers among the happiest in…
Last week, the Mental Health Foundation in the UK organised the annual ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. The arrangement is similar to the World Health Organization’s ‘World Mental Health Day’ that takes place on October 10th each year. The overall objective is, as its name implies, to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize and raise funds in support of mental health. This year’s focus for the ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ is stress. Read…
Two interesting reports from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and The Office for National Statistics in the UK have been published. Each highlights a number of important findings: The proportion of Norwegian young girls reporting high levels of mental health disorders and who seek out health care services is relatively high and increasing. The most common mental health disorders amongst Norwegian young people are anxiety, behavioural disorders and affective disorders. The report from the Norwegian…
Ellen Nesset Mæland’s work package 3 has seen another article being published. The article entitled ‘Teachers’ and head teachers’ experiences with supporting pupils’ mental health” is available (in Norwegian only) here.
We’ve recently completed the second round of data collection on Work Package 1, so one more round to go! Very many thanks to all our participating schools – teachers, head teachers and, of course the young people – in continuing to support our research alongside everything else they have to do.