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The Covid impact on young adults’ mental health – how to address the challenges

The pandemic threw us into a new reality and it caused challenges of loneliness, unemployment, uncertainty and anxiety for the future. We are now seeing the contours of the end of Covid – so what now?

The pandemic has had a duration that, proportionally, is a large part of the lives of young adults. In a phase of life that is normally characterized by exploration, identity building and detachment, life has been on hold. Arenas for exploration have ceased, or been severely limited, and important transitions to adult life suffer. The pandemic made access to the labour market especially difficult for young adults and graduates. All of this puts many young adults in a situation where they struggle with loneliness and other mental health issues.

What measures can we take to proactively prevent a generation of citizens struggling with exclusion from work life and long-term mental health issues after the pandemic? How do we meet the existing challenges and how can we utilize health data and make use of artificial intelligence in this challenge?

  • Welcome and short introduction
  • The Nordic Angle
    Presented by Rasmus Malmborg, Senior Innovation Adviser at Nordic Innovation
  • Setting the Stage – What are the challenges youth and young adults facing? What have we experienced, and where do we go from here?
    Presented by Morten Ørbæk, Head of Department, of Children`s and Adolescent`s Mental Health, Oslo University Hospital (OUS)
  • Panel debate
    – Jonas Jeppesen
    – Mads Bruun Høy
    – Morten Ørbæk
    – Marie Paldam Folker
  • Fireside chat
  • Wrap-up and next step

Moderator: Anita Moe Larsen

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Anita majored in communication and marketing, and have worked in areas such as technology, tele communication and pharma, as well as medical tech and diagnostics. Her main strength is brand building, PR, and communication.

She has been Head of Communication in Norway Health Tech since 2015 and focuses on public advocacy, regulatory issues and compliance, public/private collaboration and talent projects. She is often seen as guest lecturer on the innovative ecosystem in health, and as moderator and speaker.

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Rasmus is well-experienced in health care and urban development, and co-manages the “Life Science and Health Tech”, “Health, Demography and Quality of Life” and “Nordic Sustainable Cities” programs at Nordic Innovation. He has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus worked at LHL International for nine years where his last four years were as CEO.

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Marie Paldam Folker is Director of Centre for Telepsychiatry. Marie is an expert digital mental health practitioner and has worked in the healthcare technology field for over 10 years specialising in technological interventions for physical and mental health, incorporating service design, implementation and evaluation. Originally trained as an anthropologist, Marie is passionate about making a difference to people with mental illness and involving people with lived experience to inform and shape the development of digital mental services.

At Centre for Telepsychiatry Marie is responsible for the development and implementation of digital mental health interventions in the Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark. Her role is also to identify and facilitate strategic partnerships to ensure that digital mental health services are developed and deployed in a way that maximizes benefits for end-users – both patients and mental health care providers.

Centre for Telepsychiatry, Mental Health Services, Region of Southern Denmark – read more here

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Mads is a partner and entrepreneur in Æra and spends much of his time on open and strategic innovation projects where many actors create together, and the degree of complexity is high. He is the initiator of the cross-sectoral innovation program Floke, which creates innovation opportunities out of society’s biggest challenges, and was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Environmental Award in the autumn of 2018. He has long and broad experience as an innovation consultant and business architect for the many major brands in Norway, including: Varner Group, Ruter, TINE, Norsk Gjenvinning, Nortura, Hansa, Hafslund, Energi Norge and Bakehuset. Mads is a Kaospilot and certified Design Thinker from IDEO and Improve Consultant of the EU. He has a combined background from both economics and psychology studies.

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Jonas Carsten Jeppesen is a doctor, who strongly believes in the power of Selfcare. As a specialist in general and family medicine, and with a sub specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy he has extensive experience in helping people understanding their mind and body, and how it is connected. His philosophy is that in relation to NCD’s, the most important healthcare provider is the human being itself.  Through his work he has seen that there is basic need for people to organize, handle and most importantly understand their health information. He founded Zyberia AS, a health tech company, to provide HealthB, a selfcare platform for personalized precision care with absolute patient centric approach.

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Morten established and developed the home-hospital treatment model at the section for Children`s Mental Health in 2014.

The department has established a simulation-center for a broad spectrum of training programs, including topics for both clinicians, patients, relatives, leaders, administrative personnel and cooperative partners of the department.

Morten is also a member of Holocare-project, developing holographic solutions for clinicians. One of these solutions, Theraport, is aiming on real-time holographic clinical sessions between patient and clinician, with integrating clinical protocols and other therapeutic tools.

He is also project leader at OUS, cooperating with NHS I England regarding the topic of “clinical engagement” in the development of health organizations.

In addition to the above, Morten is highly interested in the field of developing new solutions for data-analysis for health-organizations, through use of KPI-dashboards and machine-learning. 

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