A1 Journal article (refereed)
Intersectoral partnerships and competencies for mental health promotion : a Delphi-based qualitative study in Finland (2022)

Tamminen, N., Solin, P., Barry, M. M., Kannas, L., & Kettunen, T. (2022). Intersectoral partnerships and competencies for mental health promotion : a Delphi-based qualitative study in Finland. Health Promotion International, 37(1), Article daab096. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daab096

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All authors or editors: Tamminen, Nina; Solin, Pia; Barry, Margaret M; Kannas, Lasse; Kettunen, Tarja

Journal or series: Health Promotion International

ISSN: 0957-4824

eISSN: 1460-2245

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 02/07/2021

Volume: 37

Issue number: 1

Article number: daab096

Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daab096

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79998


The importance of intersectoral collaboration and partnership working in mental health promotion, together with the requisite competencies for effective collaboration, is widely acknowledged. This Delphi-based qualitative study examined how intersectoral collaboration and partnership work are constructed and adopted in mental health promotion practice. Descriptive data from a Delphi panel of mental health promotion practitioners working in the health sector (n = 32) were used as a data source. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Applying the theory of collaborative advantage, eight themes of collaboration advantage and the related competencies were identified: management structure, leadership, communication and language, common aims, working processes, resources, trust, and commitment and determination. The themes capture the competencies required to influence and work with others to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The identified theme areas can be used to inform education and training and capacity building for professional practice in mental health promotion. Future research is needed to explore other possible collaborative advantage themes in mental health promotion practice and the competencies required to facilitate effective partnerships across sectors. Further investigations are also needed on the identified theme areas in order to develop and guide capacity building and training in mental health promotion.

Keywords: mental health; mental well-being; mental health services; health promotion; cross-sector administration; cooperation (general); Delphi method

Free keywords: mental health promotion; intersectoral partnership; collaboration; mental health promotion competencies

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Reporting Year: 2022

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