Mental Health

Information compiled here mostly by Dr. Franziska Liesecke

How to know if you feel unwell?

Seek help if you: 

-feel so bad it affects your everyday life (sleep, work, hobbies) and you've had it for a few weeks or longer. 

-You feel/act in a way that you don’t recognize. ”Rather once too much than too little. Rather a little earlier than when everything has been demolished” Ullakarin Nyberg, psychiatrist, Suicide Prevention Norra Stockholms psykiatri/Centrum för Psykiatriforskning, Karolinska Institutet 

-You have the right to get a translator (in person or via the phone (ask in advance))

-Frikort applies for cost protection (Vårdcentral, psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse…) 

Where to go? 

For specifically work-related mental health problems:

SLU uses the company Falck for occupational health. If you are an SLU employee (sorry, stipend holders) you have a right to this. You have read more about how to access this on SLU's web:

See especially the section: "Making, changing and cancelling appointments"

For general or more personal mental health issues:

Don’t wait!! The waiting time can exceed several months!!

1) Vårdcentral or online healthcare (Kry, Doktor24,

GP makes assessment and either:

a) Follow up at the vårdcentral: can prescribe medication (e.g. antidepressants) and refer to a psychologist for therapy sessions (often 5-10 sessions) 

b) Refer to psychiatric care (remiss) Assessment made by a psychiatrist Medication, therapy with psychologist, supportive talks with nurse


where you can ask a doctor or directly apply for online Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness.

3) Online care providers such as,

Many languages are available. 

4) If you want to talk to someone on the phone/Chat

a) 1177 (if you want to get care) 

b) Jourhavande medmänniska 08-702 16 80 (21:00-06:00) 

c) Humanistisk medmänniska 010 551 5590 19:00-23:00 every day expect Tuesdays)

d) Jourhavande präst  Call 112! (yes it's the emergency number but you ask to talk to a priest. You don't have to have a specific religion or discuss God to access this service (21:00-06:00)

e) Självmordslinjen (suicide prevention) 90101 (24/7) (can be a long waiting time as it's run by volunteers... don't give up...!

5) More urgent situations:

a) Akutmottagningen för vuxenpsykiatri Akademiska sjukhuset, Ing 12.   "If you need urgent psychiatric care, you are welcome to the emergency department for adult psychiatry, open 24 hours a day for adults over the age of 18 and is located in entrance 12. The reception is staffed by doctors, nurses, counsellors, attendants and medical secretaries. At the emergency department for adult psychiatry, we receive you with an acute illness or condition around the clock, there is no appointment or regular queuing system. The order of priority is based on the patient's individual state of health."

b) You can call the emergency number 112 if you are unable to visit the reception call.