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Anna Onnela, Tuula Hurtig & Hanna Ebeling (2021) School professionals committed to student well-being, International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 80:1, DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2021.1873589

School professionals committed to student well-being

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Author: Onnela, Anna1; Hurtig, Tuula1,2,3; Ebeling, Hanna1,2
Organizations: 1PEDEGO Research Unit, Child Psychiatry, University of Oulu, Finland
2Clinic of Child Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, Finland
3Research Unit of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-04-23


The northern provinces of Finland are mostly not densely populated, with long distances to healthcare services. This creates a challenge for how to reach all children and adolescents with mental health services. In order to assess the effectiveness of school-based mental health promotion interventions, it is essential to understand the views of school professionals on student well-being and mental health promotion activity in schools. This study was carried out in urban area comprehensive schools where psychiatric nurses delivered additional mental health promotion interventions. The data were collected using a questionnaire, and a mixed-methods approach was utilised in the analysis. School professionals perceived that students are more unwell than before; they exhibit a general disregard for their well-being and more mental health problems. The respondents regarded the promotion of students’ mental health as a basic function of schools. Teachers need adequate support with this work.

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Series: International journal of circumpolar health
ISSN: 1239-9736
ISSN-E: 2242-3982
ISSN-L: 1239-9736
Volume: 80
Issue: 1
Article number: 1873589
DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2021.1873589
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.