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Norwegian Clinical Psychologist, Researcher and Program Developer

PhD Solfrid Raknes is a Norwegian Clinical Psychologist, Researcher and Innovator. She is the driving force behind prize winning cognitive behavioral based material which is widely used in school health services, schools and kindergartens, as well as in specialised mental health services for children and adolescents. Since 2004 she has lectured extensively both in universities and a variety of health- and school-systems in Norway and internationally. In doing so, she provides continuing education opportunities for psychologists, GPs, social workers and teachers. Raknes is involved in a wide spectrum of humanitarian and research projects focused on improving mental health, and reducing poverty. After having spent the last 4 years mainly in Lebanon with Syrian refugees, she is now splits her time between Bergen, Beqaa, and Washington DC.


May 24th 2022: Top Innovator! Helping Hand app is the Winner of the UpLink -  World Economic Forum Youth Mental Health Challenge!

May 24th 2022 Film about the Helping Hand - winner of the Youth Mental Health Challenge, UpLink - World Economic Forum

March 2022 Schuler, B.R. and Raknes, S. (2022), "Does group size and blending matter? Impact of a digital mental health game implemented with refugees in various settings", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 18, 83-94.

March 2022 How Attensi is forging a new path to mental wellbeing with VR, gaming, and simulation. Mental Health Today

2021 June 9th The launch of the Helping Hand game, Beirut. Film here +47 416 17 343