The Road to a Work Life (2012–13)

​This study was a continuation of our first project on «Work and Mental Health» and was funded by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) through FARVE. This second project recruited supervisors who had not collaborated with prescription for occupation.

Results showed that managers were concerned that participants were motivated, and the former looked after the participants' resources and health-related aspects. In order for the practice to be successful managers believed it was important that participants were presented with an accurate picture of the work ahead, and that the manager was given a realistic picture of the participant.

The managers, who demonstrated great personal commitment, felt they would need more support than they received at the present, both for themselves and in order to understand, and facilitate for, the participant. Perhaps a closer relationship with health services would be an important key to success in the future?

Cooperation with NAV was considered good, but a closer follow-up of participants from the former at the workplace was deemed necessary by managers.

Managers believed that one of the most important things the workplace could offer was a daily life with routines and a social community. Work that could be differentiated so that the participant could start with something easy and gradually move into more complex tasks was a model which was assessed by managers as appropriate. Managers who had experience with participants with mental health problems in work practice would in large continue the arrangement.

Project Manager: Associate Professor Ellen Ramvi

Project Workers: Lisebet Skeie Skarpass (PhD fellow), and Lisa Løvereide (graduate student)'

Final project report:

Ramvi, Ellen, Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie and Stølås, Lise Løvereide (2013) The road into the workplace. Managers' experience with the inclusion of young adults with mental health problems. Report from the University of Stavanger no. 40 2013 (in Norwegian only).

Lise Løvereide. (2013) «A refreshing work life? A qualitative study of managers' experience of welcoming people with mental illness into work practices». Master thesis. Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger.


Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie; Ramvi, Ellen; Løvereide, Lise; Aas, Randi Waagø. Maximizing work integration in job placement of individuals facing mental health problems: Supervisor experiences. Work : A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation 2016 ;Volum 53.(1) s. 87-98

Stølås, L. L.; Ramvi, E.; Skarpaas, L. S. (2014): Et forfriskende arbeidsliv (A refreshing worklife)? - Helsetjenestens rolle og funksjon i inkludering av mennesker med psykiske helsevansker i ordinært arbeidsliv, sett fra et lederperspektiv. Tidsskrift for psykisk helsearbeid. 11(4) s 297-306 (Norwegian only)

Lisebet Skeie Skarpaas is a PhD candidate at the Department of Health, the University of Oslo and Akershus (project period 2014-2017). Title of the PhD project: «Coordinating Return-to-Work (RTW) Process».

Supervisor: Associate Professor Randi Waagø Aas

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Ellen Ramvi