Adresse: Kirkeveien 61
0364 Oslo
Org. nr.: 980 495 361




The foundation Norwegian self-help forum (NSF)

Engelsk flaggNSF is a national expertise and resource centre. The main tasks of NSF are to collect, systematise and convey knowledge and experience about self-help as part of the initiative to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, in addition to rehabilitation.

NSF’s expertise is based on more than 20 years’ experience with self-help and actual participant contributions, in addition to other sources of information. New knowledge within the field is being developed continuously through broad cooperation with organisations, public bodies, various professional environments and individu-als.

At present, NSF has two main tasks:

  • Self-Help Norway, the Nationalresource center for Self-Help.
    NSF operates Self-Help Norway as commissioned by the The Norwegian Direc-torate of Health.
  • LINK Oslo, center for self-help and self-mastery
    Link Oslo has the entire population of Oslo as their target group and is fully financed by Oslo Municipality.

NSF also offers:

• Courses and seminars on self-help as understanding and tool.

• Distribution of knowledge and information about starting up self-help groups.

• Lectures and introductions.



Self-help understanding is an acknowledgement that all human beings have innate resources within themselves that can be activated, recaptured and mobilised when life problems arise.

Working with self-help means making use of our own resources and strengths in order to master those problems. Painful and unpleasant experiences we may encounter represent important knowledge about our own lives and our own everyday existence. The self-help process enables individuals to be active in bringing about their own process of change. In this way, self-help can be a resource for everyone — a resource that is based on the knowledge we already possess, knowledge that we easily ignore. Self-help is about accepting our own feelings and experiences, valuing them and making use of them through our own processes of change.

Self-help is not just a way of thinking and acting for people in difficult life situations. The way we think and work is important, regardless of our role and position in life. It is about how we fill and use the “spaces” between us, whether we are professionals (helpers), politicians, involved in a voluntary organisation — or simply human beings using the mental health services.


Self help - an introduction

The booklet about self-help is available here.

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