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Interdisciplinary research on public mental health

This multidisciplinary research group seeks to work in an interdisciplinary way to generate new knowledge by exploring the borders between culture, linguistics and social determinants of mental health.

By challenging the use of disciplinary viewpoints and seeking to integrate relevant concepts and perspectives from across disciplines our purpose is to generate new ways of approaching pervasive and enduring issues and problems in the public mental health field.

We use the concept ‘public mental health’ to apply a societal approach to mental health and health promotion. We give emphasis to well-documented and emerging socio-cultural determinants of health and the psychosocial pathways towards and away from mental health. It will involve an analytic mapping of social practices and asks how mental health is related to political, religious and historical events, social norms, culture and natural environments.