Books and Articles

On this page, you will find several recommendations of books about mental health for those who would like to study the topic further. We have also published a list of relevant articles and news items which can be used in the VIP lessons.


Elevenes psykiske helse i skolen (Students’ Mental Health in School), edited by Marit Uthus

A picture of the front page of the book Students’ Mental Health in School.

“To master school is to master life. To master life is to master school”.

This book is divided into two parts. Part one focuses on the mental health of the students in the face of the school requirements, and part two considers the health-promoting resources available to the school. The book presents the concepts of mentalization and social and emotional learning in a school perspective. It also deals with the school's performance-oriented structure and how it can affect the level of school stress. Furthermore, the book offers some ideas on special education, teacher-student relationships, and mental health as a separate school subject. The VIP Programme is also mentioned in the book.

Order your book here — Please note that the web page and book are in norwegian

Psykisk helse i skolen (Mental Health in School) by Øverland et al.


A picture of the front page of the book Mental Health in School.

“Good mental health is central to learning, development, and living the life to its full extent. The school has an important role to play in promoting the mental health of children and adolescents and helping students who struggle with mental health issues.” (from the back of the book).

The book contains several chapters that describe various challenges students can struggle with, and how teachers and the school can handle them. For example: Quiet Students, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, School Refusal, Bullying in Traumatic Perspective, and similar topics. One of the chapters also focuses on the VIP Programme and the research on it.

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Utviklingsfremmende samtaler med ungdom — Samhandling på tvers (Development-Promoting Conversations with Youths — Interdisciplinary Collaboration), edited by Olaisen

This book will be useful for everyone who works with young people.
The book contains a thorough presentation of the VIP Programme and related research.

Order your book here — Please note that the web page and book are in norwegian

Empatisk Kommunikasjon: et verktøy for menneskesmøter (Empathic Communication: The Missing Link) by Lisbeth Brudal

The book contains a detailed description of the empathic communication tool based on the examples from the author's experiences as a psychotherapist. The four steps in the dialogue are based on acclaimed psychological theories and research results within narratology, affect consciousness, and mentalization.

Order your book here — Please note that the web page and book are in norwegian

Click here for more information about the Empathic Communication method and the courses we offer as part of the VIP Programme


Articles can be a good starting point for implementing the VIP Programme in the classroom. Here you will find current and relevant articles on mental health published in the media. The articles are sorted by publication date. Additionally, you can always find the latest and most current news articles on our home page.

Please note that the articles linked to in this list are in norwegian:


(09.2016) According to the research, there is a gap between responsibility and expertise. “Teachers mention stigma attached to mental health problems as one of the reasons why students hide their problems,” explains the researcher Ekornes on

(02.07.16) Having a good relationship with the teacher protects the student from early dropout and mental illness, writes

(10.06.16) Budstikka interviews the students in Asker and Bærum about the VIP Programme's school start initiative VIP-Partnership.

(12.02.16) Why do we reduce the entire generation of ambitious and hard-working women to “good girls,” implying that they are too good for their own good? By the blogger Karen Golmen.

(29.01.16) Muscles that never grow big enough. Men who are not allowed to cry. Pressure that becomes too strong. Seven boys write their stories in Aftenposten.

(13.08.15) The school should provide students with basic knowledge of how children and adolescents can maintain good mental health. This claim was put forward by six organisations for the Minister of Education and Research. The claim manifests itself in the petition called “The book that’s missing.”

(08.05.15) “Developing greater confidence in your own value as a human being and knowing that you do not need the admiring looks of others to feel good about yourself is an important task you have from the period of adolescence to adulthood,” says Psychologist Kristina S. Moberg in Stella Magazine.

Four out of ten young people in the 16–24 age group state that they are lonely. “We must take this seriously,” says Bent Høie.

Norwegian documentary series from P3. Martin meets eight young people who have lost somebody they love and tries to find out how to be a good friend in the face of death. He meets Hildur, who lost her little sister on Utøya (1:8).

A European study shows that a school programme aimed at making students aware of their own mental health prevents suicide among young people. The VIP Programme is mentioned in the article.

This is one of the three essays about body, identity, and language in modern culture by Finn Skårderud, published in Aftenposten.
Finn Skårderud is a psychiatrist, professor, and author who regularly writes for the Aftenposten newspaper.

“Bullying damages mental health, schooling, and the entire childhood of those who are exposed to it. The child’s destiny is at stake,” she says.

“Everything looked perfect on the outside. It made things even worse,” writes the musician Lene Marlin in the Aftenposten article. She had actually planned to never talk about her past mental health problems in public.

They are called the CV-Generation. They have such high expectations of life and of themselves that they affect their health. The Aftenposten newspaper’s view based on the statistics from the youth survey platform Ungdata.

Dagsrevyen news programme (NRK): News report based on new research.
An interview with a young girl who struggles with anxiety.

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