Nordic Summit on Mental Health 2015 – University of Copenhagen

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Nordic Summit on Mental Health 2015

All the Nordic countries have challenges in improving the mental health of  society. That applies when it comes to people with mental disorders, when dealing with prevention and early intervention, and when dealing with social perceptions of mental disorders.

Therefore, the Icelandic presidency in 2014 focused on the mental health through both a conference and a meeting of experts. The Danish Presidency is set on continuing this effort. Mental disorders affect a lot of people and have major implications for individuals, families, friends and other relatives, but just as with physical diseases, it is possible to recover.

Therefore, the Danish Presidency has taken the initiative to host the first Nordic Summit on Mental Health on November 6th 2015. Here Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Finnish researchers, specialists, experts, users, relatives, politicians and ministers are invited to discuss how to improve the conditions for people with mental disorders, and how to overcome the stigma concerning mental disorders.


  • 8:30 AM The doors open
  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM Welcome to the Nordic Summit on Mental Health by host, journalist Tine Gøtzsche*
  • 9:35 AM - 9:45 AM Opening of the Nordic Summit by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary*
  • 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Presentations by the Danish Minister for Health Sophie Løhde, the Danish Minister for Social Affairs and the Interior Karen Ellemann and the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie*
  • 10:15 AM - 10:35 AM “Anti-stigma – a push for a greater Nordic effort” by patron of the Danish mental health organization The Social Network, former Danish prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen*
  • 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM Coffee break
  • 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM Keynote speech by Claire Henderson, Clinical Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
  • 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Anti-stigma from a service user perspective by Camilla Krogh*
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Sessions
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Break - entertainment by Kjartan Arngrim from the Danish folk-pop group Folkeklubben
  • 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM Highlights from sessions
  • 3:40 PM – 3:55 PM Future prospects for greater cooperation - Bo Könberg, former Swedish minister and author of the report ’The Future Nordic Co-operation on Health’*
  • 3:55 PM - 4:00 PM Closing remarks*