Programme and Participants in Helsinki

Wednesday 7.6.2017

14 – 15:00 Registration and coffee
Hotel Arthur
Vuorikatu 19,
00100 Helsinki

Workshops Briefing Note

15:00 Opening of the seminar
Seija Astala, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland and
Christie Stiphout, Senior Policy Adviser, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Netherlands

15:15 Mental health promotion and the importance of the participation of young people. Policy framework.
Dr. Kristian Wahlbeck, Development Manager, Finnish Association for Mental Health

15:30 Introduction to the topics of the seminar
Elina Marjamäki, Project Coordinator, Finnish Association for Mental Health

15:45 Address by the European Commission
Michalis Moschovakos, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Youth, Volunteer Solidarity and Traineeships Office.

16:00 Education of youth workers on mental health
Eeva Sinisalo-Juha, Senior Lecturer, HUMAK - University of Applied Sciences, Finland

16:15 Discussion and sharing of ideas

16:45 Break (snacks and fruits)

17:00 Social media and games. Towards the discussion of opportunities.
Mikko Meriläinen, Researcher, University of Helsinki

17:15 Discussion

17:30 Mental; A case study on the power of drama, social media and NGOs.
Jenna Karas, Producer, Finnish Broadcasting Company

The solution: Mental Chat
Satu Raappana, Manager of Online Crises Services, Finnish Association for Mental Health

18:-18:45 Discussions

19:30 Flytour
Dinner at restaurant Sea Pool
Katajanokanlaituri 2 a
00100 Helsinki

Thursday 8.6.2017

9:00 Coffee

9:15 Does it hurt to be lonely?
Niina Junttila, Associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Research Centre for Child Psychiatry. Presentation + discussion

9:45 – 12:00  Learning Café

  • The participants will be divided into 3 groups.
  • Each group will visit all the workshops (A, B and C).
  • Each workshop lasts 45 minutes, incl. one or two presentations on the theme, discussion and sharing of ideas. The time includes a short break and moving on to the next workshop.
  • Each presentation will be held three times.

Workshop A
Theme: Peer to peer education

Youth Mental Health Associaton – Yeesi
Buddy Café, Migrant Youth Helsinki Project
Dutch Youth Council: Peer to peer learning, project of Dutch Youth Council “hoofdzaken” on mental health and participation

Workshop B
Theme: Inclusion

Amy Woodhouse, Children of Scotland
Music Against Drugs; Ink-teams (video)
Peter Ritsema: Learning by doing

Workshop C
Theme: Creativity in socially empowering youth work

Ursula Hallas, Sanni Sihvola; FinFami Space Project


10.30–11.15 2nd round of workshops

11.15–12 3rd round of workshops
The discussions of each workshop will be shared on Friday morning.

12–13 Lunch

13 – 15 Workshops


The workshop will explore education from various viewpoints: mental health and education of youth workers, peer education, the possibilities of web-based training. Good practices and hands-on experiences will be shared as well as models for supporting young people in their studies.

Facilitator: Eeva Sinisalo-Juha

Introduction of the participants


  • Education and mental health promotion – The NYCI Approach, Rosemary Scott, Ireland
  • peer-to-peer education through the Comenius regio program “bullying among adolescents: prevention and treatment in the school environment of Greece and Cyprus, Panagiota Karkaletsi, Greece
  • Inclusive applied learning as a means of mental health recovery. Bryan Magro, Youth Inc. Malta
  • A model for supporting studies of young people with mental health issues. Erkki Ukkola, Nadia Hynninen, Rasmus Ojala, Helsinki & East Helsinki Clubhouse, Finland
  • Building resilience of youth workers to support their own mental health using CBT and the FRIENDS program, Kathryn Wall, Carlow Regional Youth Services Ltd., Ireland
  • Web-based training and cooperation between FAMH and preventive substance abuse work. Heidi Odell, HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Concrete examples of teaching mental health as a skill within youth work. Iida Enqvist and Hanna Hänninen, Riihimäki Youth Work, Finland
  • On education of scouting leaders on inclusion and mental health issues. Monika van Boheemen, Scouting Netherlands

Social media and games

In this workshop we will explore the opportunities that the social media and games provide us and how they can be utilised for higher good in terms of mental health.

Facilitator: Mikko Meriläinen
Introduction of the participants

  • Virtual reality at your service; Testing, Kim Härkönen, YMCA (3D)
  • Work with youth through Online. Daniel Soomer, Peaasi, Estonia
  • Educational needs of youth-related workers in order to use digital tools for supporting mental health of young people, Trevor Lakey, Scotland
  • Strengthening mental health with My Mind –application (Mental Health Hand in your phone), Riikka Nurmi, FAMH
  • Mind your selfie from walk in my shoes program, Ms. Madge O’Callaghan, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Ireland
  • Social Media as a tool for Inclusion: Perceptions and experiences from the Greek educational context, Athina-Anna Christopoulou, Greece.
  • Moderated peer support in an online discussion group. Experiences of an ongoing intervention study, Sanna Aaltonen, Youth Research Network
  • Are you awake at 3AM? Enhancing the participation of young people with memes and live-meets. Sami Kieksi
  • The possibilities and meaning of VR, Kim Härkönen, YMCA

Mental health first aid

A global training concept for educating about mental health. In this workshop we will explore the concept and its variations and possibilities in helping young people and strengthening the skills of youth workers and professionals working with youth.

Introduction of the participants

  • Mental health belongs to everyone. Mental health first aid in Finland. Ritva Karila-Hietala. Finnish Association for mental health
  • Mental health first aid. Evelien Wagemakers. GGZ Eindhoven
  • Adapting and delivering mental health first aid for fire rescue workers and migrant offshore aid station workers; reflections on youth work, Daniela Calleja Bitar. Richmond Foundation.
  • Creating mental health first aid for immigrant work. Tomi Pruuki. FAMH
  • Young mind first aid. Ritva Karila-Hietala. FAMH
  • Skills in Crisis; Cooperation between youth work and regional crisis work. Maiju Haltia-Nurmi. Allianssi


15:00 Coffee and snacks

15:30 Poster stop, networking, sharing of ideas, discussion (60 min)

17:30 Departure for the evening activity

18:00 Performance by Dance Hearts
Venue: Annantalo,
Annankatu 30
00100 Helsinki

19:30 Dinner at Restaurant LOOP
Address: Lapinlahdentie 1
00101 Helsinki
Restaurant Loop



Friday 9.6.2017

9:00 Coffee

9:30 #BOX drama and a story behind it, Mintressi Project, Aspa Foundation

10:00 Presentation of the recommendations by the Workshops held on Thursday. Discussion.

  • Peer to Peer Education
  • Inclusion
  • Creative methods

Short break

  • Education
  • Social media and Games
  • Mental Health First Aid

11:30 Mental Health Power material (in progress), Elina Marjamäki, Finnish Association for Mental Health

11:40 Looking back at Amsterdam, what has happened in between and looking forward to Rotterdam, Caroline Vink and Marja Valkestijn, Netherland Youth Institute

12:00 Closing of the seminar

Lunch and departure


Elina Marjamäki
Project Planner; Mental Health Promotion of Young People

The Finnish Association for Mental Health
Maistraatinportti 4 A
00240 Helsinki
Tel. +358 40 678 7295

Caroline Vink
Senior Advisor Transformation of Family and Children Services

The Netherlands Youth Institute
Catharijnesingel 47
P.O. Box 19221
3501 DE Utrecht The Netherlands 
t +31 (0)30 230 6408 (direct and mobile)