”Preventive School-Based Mental Health Interventions to Promote the Mental Wellbeing of Refugee and Immigrant Adolescents” (RefugeesWellSchool)

The project will produce knowledge on how schools can work to improve psychosocial well-being for refugees and migrants in their teenage years. It includes implementation and evaluation of five school-based interventions in Denmark and in a number of other European countries (Belgium, Finland, Norway, Great Britain and Sweden).

The purpose of the five interventions in the RefugeesWellSchool project is to support the development of social networks, social support and coherence in the school environment for newly arrived students with the aim of promoting the students’ mental well-being. In collaboration with the young refugees and migrants, their teachers and parents or guardians, the interventions will be developed and adapted to the six country settings they are implemented in. The end goal of the project is a quantitative as well as qualitative investigation of the effectiveness of the interventions in relation to supporting the well-being of the youth, and also gain an understanding of how contextual factors in the participating countries work to promote or inhibit the interventions. This seeks to produce knowledge on how the five interventions are best implemented in different school settings in the future. The project will be based on survey-based interviews, qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with students with a refugee or migrant background, their teachers and parents or guardians.

The RefugeesWellSchool project is a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Universiteit Gent (Belgium), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), University of Tampere (Finland), University of Sussex (Great Britain), Uppsala Universitet (Sweden) og Nasjonalt Kunnskapssenter om Vold og Traumatisk Stress (Norway).

In the Danish research group is Associate Professor Morten Skovdal, PhD student Anne Sofie Børsch and Associate Professor Signe Smith Jervelund from MESU.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 754849. The project has received in total around 3,4 million euros.

Expected duration is January 2018 to April 2022