Triskelion Norway

The IHEM project was just selected as a success story in the Erasmus+ pool.  “Success stories” are finalised projects that have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach, and can be a source of inspiration for others. 

Consortium meets in Vilnius

The project team met on the 24th february 2020 to discuss the pilot tests and final adjustments to training modules. There were valuable comments from the pilots that could be implemented in our materials.

ACT NOW in Sri Lanka

Martin Persson attended a meeting at Faculty of Nursing, University of Colombo.  As part of the meeting, Martin Persson presented several Erasmus + project to 21 healthcare professionals and teachers.  Act Now was presented in how you can take an established psychological method and via European collaborations, generate a functional training program for healthcare professionals.  The information generated a lot of interest and fruitful discussion, including how we could perhaps introduce Act Now in Sri Lanka.     

Martin keynote at the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft-Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Congress

The Asian conference was held in Khon Kaen in the northern part of Thailand, and it was attended by 475 delegates from 25 countries from various disciplines. 
Professor Martin Persson was invited keynote to attended and presented at the conference. Martin gave a lecture that focused on the long term outcomes of cleft on a global perspective, which included introducing several Erasmus + project.  

Our project  Act Now was highlighted as an innovative example of how to provide psychosocial training for healthcare professionals. 

Body positive content in social media can lift body image and mood!

Viewing social media content aimed at challenging mainstream beauty ideals can boost body confidence among young women, a new study in 2019 revealed.

Participants in the experimental research who were shown ‘body positive’ content on Instagram experienced improvements in body satisfaction, body appreciation and positive mood. Those in the same study shown ‘thin ideal’ images and neutral images did not report an equivalent improvement. A new trend on social media, body positivity (or BoPo), aims to challenge narrow societal ideals of female beauty in favour of a broader acceptance and appreciation of all body types, shapes, sizes and colours. Social media accounts promoting body positive content include @bodyposipanda@omgkenzieee and  @beautyredefined.

In the experiment, 195 women aged 18 to 30 years were randomly allocated to view either 20 body positive, thin-ideal, or appearance-neutral Instagram posts. The women were asked to answer questions relating to their body image and mood immediately before and after viewing the posts.

In addition to showing improved body image and positive mood in response to body positive material, the participants also showed favourable attitudes towards body positive accounts, with the majority reporting being willing to follow them in future. Those exposed to ‘thin-ideal’ content experienced decreases in body satisfaction, body appreciation and positive mood.

The researchers said: “To the best of our knowledge, the study is the first to demonstrate that viewing ‘body positive’ content on Instagram may improve positive mood, body satisfaction, and body appreciation.

The research report can be found here:

ACT NOW project meeting

The ActNow team met in Tartu, Estonia in mid January 2020 for the walkthrough of pilot trainings in partner countries. The focus was to discuss feedback from trainings, amendments and improvements to the materials.

project website

Body Confident Mums

The kickoff of the newly approved project “Body Confident Mum’s – An Innovative Health Professionals’ Training Program to support maternal mental and physical health” was held in Kristianstad, Sweden on 16th of December 2019.

Dr Zali Yager from Victoria University in Australia is working for Triskelion on this project.

The objectives of this project are to (i) develop, (ii) test (iii) implement and (iv) disseminate the training package for healthcare staff, enabling them to support the mental and physical well being for mothers of children 0-5 years. A further objective is to produce a functional training programme, reflective of the sociocultural diversity across Europe. The project aims to make the training material accessible to a broad range of HCP and other relevant stakeholders and will do so through multi-mode delivery.

Body Confident Mums

Kristianstad University won another project bid where Triskelion is partner. “Body Confident Mum’s – An Innovative Health Professionals’ Training Program to support maternal mental and physical health.

Partners are:

  • Högskolan Kristianstad, Sweden
  • Triskelion, Norway
  • European Cleft Organisation, the Netherlands  
  • TARTU ULIKOOL, Estonia