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Research priorities for public mental health in Europe: recommendations of the ROAMER project

European Journal of Public Health, Oxford University Press (OUP), ISSN 1464-360X

Volume 25, 2, 2015

DOI:10.1093/eurpub/cku232, Dimensions: pub.1033054236, PMID: 25678606,



  1. (1) 1 Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland 2 National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Mental Health Promotion Unit, Vaasa, Finland 3 Nordic School of Public Health NHV, Gothenburg, Sweden
  2. (2) 4 Finnish Association for Mental Health, Helsinki, Finland.
  3. (3) Norwegian Institute of Public Health, grid.418193.6
  4. (4) Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, grid.20522.37
  5. (5) National University of Ireland, Galway, grid.6142.1
  6. (6) Assistance Publique -Hopitaux De Paris, grid.50550.35
  7. (7) Universidade Nova de Lisboa, grid.10772.33
  8. (8) Northumbria University, grid.42629.3b
  9. (9) 14 St. John of God Clinical Research Centre, Brescia, Italy.
  10. (10) King's College London, grid.13097.3c
  11. (11) University of Naples Federico II, grid.4691.a
  12. (12) Lund University, grid.4514.4
  13. (13) Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, grid.469673.9
  14. (14) French Institute of Health and Medical Research, grid.7429.8
  15. (15) Leipzig University, grid.9647.c
  16. (16) 25 IMEHPS Research, Vienna, Austria 26 Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  17. (17) TU Dresden, grid.4488.0
  18. (18) Mental Health Services, grid.466916.a, Central Denmark Region
  19. (19) University of Liverpool, grid.10025.36
  20. (20) 15 Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway 33 Division of Mental Health Services, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway.
  21. (21) Central Institute of Mental Health, grid.413757.3
  22. (22) University of Warwick, grid.7372.1
  23. (23) 36 Administration for Occupational Health & Safety, Department of Occupational Health and Research, Reykjavík, Iceland.
  24. (24) Tilburg University, grid.12295.3d
  25. (25) National Institute for Health and Welfare, grid.14758.3f
  26. (26) Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, grid.6975.d
  27. (27) Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute, grid.434386.e


BACKGROUND: The ROAdmap for MEntal health Research in Europe project aimed to create an integrated European roadmap for mental health research. Leading mental health research experts across Europe have formulated consensus-based recommendations for future research within the public mental health field. METHODS: Experts were invited to compile and discuss research priorities in a series of topic-based scientific workshops. In addition, a Delphi process was carried out to reach consensus on the list of research priorities and their rank order. Three web-based surveys were conducted. Nearly 60 experts were involved in the priority setting process. RESULTS: Twenty priorities for public mental health research were identified through the consensus process. The research priorities were divided into summary principles-encompassing overall recommendations for future public mental health research in Europe-and thematic research priorities, including area-specific top priorities on research topics and methods. The priorities represent three overarching goals mirroring societal challenges, that is, to identify causes, risk and protective factors for mental health across the lifespan; to advance the implementation of effective public mental health interventions and to reduce disparities in mental health. CONCLUSIONS: The importance of strengthening research on the implementation and dissemination of promotion, prevention and service delivery interventions in the mental health field needs to be emphasized. The complexity of mental health and its broader conceptualisation requires complementary research approaches and interdisciplinary collaboration to better serve the needs of the European population.


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