Interventions for people with mental health challenges
People with mental health challenges are one of the most marginalised, misunderstood, and disadvantaged groups in today's society. There is a current need for evidence-based, patient-centered, and usable interventions to be used in communities and treatment facilities for persons experiencing mental health challenges. Our research in this area produces scientific evidence and essential skills to develop, test, and establish physical and psychosocial interventions for clients and their families to improve self-management and illness outcomes. Our research focuses on, for example, the effectiveness of self-help interventions, eHealth, family-inclusive psychoeducational and supportive interventions, non-invasive therapeutic approaches for the treatment of psychiatric problems, and interventions for sleep disturbance. Throughout all of our work, the needs and experiences of users are highly respected and valued to ensure person-centered approaches.
Challenging relationships, social adversity, and mental health
Poor relational qualities and social adversities have a direct and lasting impact on mental health. These problems are pervasive and may occur in any setting, such as homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. Our research in this area aims to understand the causes, risk factors, and mental health sequelae associated with challenging relationships and social adversities. Early prevention and mental health promotion for individuals and groups in vulnerable and sensitive environments are also key components of our work. Some of our current research focuses on violence or aggressive behaviors in care settings, mental health promotion for underserved populations, effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to enhance youth resilience, and reducing stigma towards mental disorders. We actively work to motivate different professionals and engage patients and their families in our research and educational activities.