About us

NAPHA (National Competence Center for Mental Health Work) is NTNU Social Research's own competence center, for the municipalities in Norway. The center's task is to strengthen and influence the development of mental health services, especially for the target group of adults.

NAPHA directs its work to employees in 356 municipalities, spread over 9,500 man-years.

The center was established in 2008 to improve the knowledge base for these services.

The center collects, disseminates and facilitates the sharing of knowledge throughout Norway, based on both research, experiential knowledge and knowledge from the users themselves. NAPHA shall be useful for the municipalities and influence the development of the municipal work aimed at adults with mental health problems.

The center collaborates with relevant professional and competence environments and will assess the need for measures that raise competence in Norwegian municipalities. The center will emphasize the connections between the mental health field and the substance abuse field. Contact with the municipalities, various networks, user organizations and other professional environments is central to NAPHA's work.

NAPHA establishes and develops professional networks and arenas for knowledge and cooperation between municipalities and other environments with expertise in mental health work. The website napha.no is an important arena for new knowledge. There, employees in the municipalities, users, relatives and employees in NAPHA share experiences.

The center's employees have experience and expertise from the field of practice, public agencies, research, education, use of services, and from dissemination, media and communication.

The operation of NAPHA is fully financed by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

Head of department:

- Nasjonalt kompetansesenter for psykisk helsearbeid
Kjøpmannsgata 32, (2nd floor)
7011 Trondheim, Norway

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