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The Fipoh project: multilingual information on mental health

The Fipoh project had two main purposes: to improve the mental health of refugee children and adolescents by encouraging their expression, enhancing their participation in society, and to increase knowledge about mental health through modern, digital resources created by the project's participants.

Image: Fipoh logo

The project was run by the Glokala Folkhögskolan, an adult eduction institution in Malmö.

Issue/challenge and goal/assumption

Discussing past experiences is an important part of dealing with trauma, and a great way to teach the brain that negative events now belong to the past and are no longer an ongoing threat. This was one of the starting points of Fipoh, short for 'multilingual information on mental health'.

The goal of the project is produce various audio and visual materials on the topic, in direct collaboration with the affected youth and in several languages. Above all, Fipoh originated in the need to help young immigrants participate in social activities. Breaking their isolation through hosting meetings and creating a safe space to form relationships and express themselves became an important part of Fipoh's work with young refugees.

How does it work

Fipoh worked through four different tracks and methods to achieve its goals:

  • Track one: production of materials.All project outputs were created directly by the Fipoh participants who were invited to make their voices heard by writing, taking pictures and producing short films based on their own stories of mental illness and migration. The participants also collaborated with and received guidance from project managers and employees at relevant, specialised partner organisations (see the last section on resources below.)
  • Track two: group activities. The project saw a great need to help get the participants out of isolation, help them find a break from negative thoughts, and meet with others who had been through similar experiences. Creating safe spaces to discuss feelings became an important part of Fipoh's work to promote mental health;
  • Track three: dissemination. Fipoh’s material has mainly been disseminated through social media, including by publishing all films on the project's YouTube channel. But Fipoh has also managed to make sure that their materials are known to and used by the Regional Council of Skåne, responsible for public health care, the representations of the Red Cross and Save the Children, the City of Malmö and the Association of Local Authorities. In this way, the materials will continue to be used even after the project's end. With its digital material available online, Fipoh lives on.
  • Track four: narrative therapy. Through narrative therapy, a podcast and three films were created by young members of SQI Syd, a LGBTQIA+ association for people of colour, and two films made by two unaccompanied girl refugees. Fipoh also published two anthologies (see below).


Within the framework of the first track, Fipoh produced the following materials.

  • Video: Six animated information films in four different languages (Swedish, Somali, Dari and Arabic), as well as two information and five talking-head interview films, all available on the on the project's YouTube channel.
  • Print: Emphasising the importance of digital resources, the project still identified a need for printed information materials, useful to both healthcare actors and young people. Thus, multilingual illustrated leaflets about complex trauma, PTSD, sleep problems, stress were produced by the project participants. 
  • Anthologies: Fipoh also published two anthologies, 'Let me tell you about the longing for' (2019), available in full here, and 'What we tell heals worlds' (2018), available in full here, with texts and poems written by the project's participants.


Image: The cover of the 'Let me tell you about the longing for' anthoplogy. ©Fipoh

  • Podcast: created by young members of SQI Syd, a LGBTQIA+ association for people of colour



The Fipoh-project is a part of the Newly Arrived Initiative (Nyanländasatsningen) of the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna arvsfonden) and has been evaluated by researchers at the University of Linköping. 

Who will benefit?

Made in collaboration with children and young people, psychologists, researchers and activists in Malmö, Fipoh benefits all of them. The materials left from the project have the power to continue to educate new audiences.

Source of funding and Resources used

The project was funded by the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna arvsfonden), a Swedish state fund established in 1928 when the Riksdag, the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body, decided to abolish the right to inheritance for cousins and more distant relatives. It was decided then that the assets of deceased people with no other next of kins would instead go to the fund, commissioned to promote the care and education of children and young people, and later, to also provide care to for people with disabilities.

Since March 2016, the Swedish Inheritance Fund has supported a total of 100 integration projects with 500 million SEK, or close 48 million EUR, through the Newly Arrived Initiative (Nyanländasatsningen).

The Fipoh project relied on collaboration with the following partners:


Glokala Folkhögskolan
Linus Kullving
project leader responsible for education

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