Ett hej kan rädda liv
: utan att du någonsin får reda på det

Translated title of the thesis: One Hello can save a life: and you would never know
  • Jan Ahlström
  • Gert Bergstrand

Student thesis: Bachelor


Alienation due to mental illness, sometimes with the ultimate victim, suicide, is a common phenomenon in the Swedish welfare society, what countermeasures are there? In this work, we will approach this via two different initiatives. One was to critically review and compare the results of two Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses, a survey that took place in connection with this work and a study from 2014. The second was to review, via the respondents' answers, their experience of the Friendship Benches project, in Helsingborg. The purpose and goal of both initiatives is to increase knowledge about mental illness. We have collected empirical material via a quantitative study, the questionnaire of which was distributed via email to the people who underwent MHFA in Helsingborg. This training is part of the city of Helsingborg's effort to increase knowledge about mental illness. The questionnaire's questions aimed to evaluate the participants' own experience of their actions, in the meeting with people who show possible signs of mental illness, before and after the training. The participants were contacted via gatekeepers, which turned out to cause some problems, partly because we did not have full control over the mailings and that it took time. A low response rate meant that the review, of the two studies, was not possible. Since mental illness, exclusion and stigmatization are different components of this essay, we present separately certain theoretical thoughts, around suicide and stigmatization. Although it was not meaningful to make a comparison between the two studies, there are indications that the MHFA training, at the individual level, has a positive outcome. When it comes to the Friendship Bench project, the results of this highly limited study show a relatively positive outcome, but to ensure this, the project should be followed up by a larger and more structured survey on a larger sample of the municipality's residents.
Date of Award2023-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorJonas Ringström (Supervisor) & Sari Pekkola (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Higher Education in behavioral science

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Other Health Sciences (30399)

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