On 2nd of October 2015 took place Children's Mental Health Center Opening Conference. 

Presentation of dr Hakan Jarbin


Conference program


9.00 Tour in the new building NB! Please let us know if you plan to take part 

9.00 Registration. Welcome coffee

9.30 Opening remarks Dr Katrin Luts
Tallinn Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the management board

9.40 Introduction of Children’s Mental Health Center. Dr Anne Kleinberg
Tallinn Children’s Hospital, Head of psychiatry clinic

9.55 „Children first!“ Prof Arne Holte
Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Deputy director general

10.35 Experience from the parent of a child with special needs
Arina Korsunova, Anna Fattakova, mothers

10.55 Break

11.15 Treatment of ADHD Dr Hakan Jarbin
child & adolescent psychiatrist, Sweden

12.00 "Autism and ADHD – do these neurobiological mechanisms help to understand why more and more.“ Prof Jaanus Harro, Tartu University

12.45 „Today I Lose and Find You“: Parent-Infant Psychotherapy with a depressed mother and baby. Sara Rance
Consultant child & adolescent psychotherapist, UK

13.30 Lunch and tour in the new building

14.30-16.00 WORKSHOPS:
Hakan Jarbin „Workshop with clinical cases“ (in English)
Jaanus Harro „Scientific Literature Reading and reading disorder avoidance” (in Estonian) (at 14.30-15.30)
Sara Rance „Discussion of Theoretical and Technical issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Parents & Infants „ (in English)
Urmas Nurk and Karmen Saul „Work with patients based on out-reach method“ (in Estonian)

Rooms for workshops:
• Dr Hakan Jarbin – 2nd floor, 214
• Out-reach – 1sr floor, 153
• Prof Jaanus Harro – 0-floor, 24
• Sara Rance – conference auditorium

 More pictures from conference are HERE.

Dr Anne Kleinberg and lector Arne Holte

(Author of pictures Kaija Niiler)




From left: Chairman of the Management Board of Astlanda Ehitus Kaupo Kolsar, Norwegian Ambassador Dagfinn Sorli, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas,  Head of Psychiatry Clinic dr Anne Kleinberg, Deputy Mayor Merike Martinson, Minister of Health and Labour Rannar Vassiljev (author Teet Malsroos)

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On 27th of August 2016 Children’s Mental Health Center in Tallinn Children Hospital opened its doors. New center is offering outpatient and inpatient services for children and adolescents.

The centre provides services for children and youth struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and narcotics through a contemporary and integrated approach. The children staying at the centre have access to classrooms so they can continue their education during their treatments, as well as a gym so they can stay physically active. Comprehensive counselling services for the children as well as their parents and other individuals involved in their lives form the cornerstone of the centre’s programme

“Now when we have the modern work environment and staff, work must start,” said the Chairman of Management Board Katrin Luts. „For sure, access to services will improve for patients with psychiatric and psychological problems. The environment where the support is provided is very important and now it is more corresponding to the actual need. “

According to Anne Kleinberg, who is manager of the psychiatry clinic, this is new beginning for the staff. „Professional teams are ready to help all children and families who ask our support. Center is able to take into account different needs and age groups of children while offering services.“

During Center opening speeches were given by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, Minister of Health and Labour Rannar Vassiljev, Norwegian Ambassador Dagfinn Sorli, Deputy Mayor Merike Martinson, hospital's Chairman of Management Board dr Katrin Luts and  construction company manager Kaupo Kolsar.
Building was blessed by teacher Jaak Aus from EELK Kaarli congregation. Musical performance was given by Olav Ehala and Nele-Liis Vaiksoo.

After 13 years negotiations and seeking funding possibilities, construction works took exactly one year. Building was completed (please see link regarding building process HERE) thanks to Norwegian public health program finance mechanism and out of 6,6 million EUR budget Norwegian support was 3 542 179 EUR, 624 750 EUR Estonian co-financing and rest was self-financed by Tallinn Children hospital.

Project activities

Children’s Mental Health Center got a cornerstone

Tallinn Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Mental Health Center got the cornerstone on the 7th of August 2014.

In the event participated also Norwegian Ambassador Mrs Lise Kleven Grevstad in Estonia, Minister of Health and Labour Mr Urmas Kruuse and Deputy Major of Tallinn Mrs Merike Martinson.

New building gives better opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems for children and adolescents. On the first floor there will be outpatient section. On the second floor there will be three departments: Department of Toddler Psychiatry, Psychiatric Department and Department of eating disorders.

Goal of the Children’s Mental Health Center project is in addition to cultivate cooperation with social healthcare and education system to develop more integrated services system to support patient needs. It ensures more consistent and systematic approach to identify earlier children who need help. In addition project focus is to educate personnel, support creating diagnostic system for abused children, research and development and also more close cooperation with other regional mental health centers. Work in project was started already spring of 2013 when project agreement was signed.

Children’s Mental Health Center building was designed by Indrek Suigusaar from architectural company Pluss. Building construction works will be done by Astlanda Ehitus OÜ together with Irest Stroi OOO. Construction works were started beginning of June. Estimated cost would be 4,5million euros out of which 2,8 will be covered by Norwegian support. Norwegian Kingdom full support to establish Children’s Mental Health Center would be 4,17 million euros.

Pictures from event are here.






24th of April 2014 was the Opening Conference of Children’s Mental Health Center.
Thank you for all presenters and participants!

Conference program is here.

All the conference presentations are here.

Pictures from conference are here.