The coronavirus pandemic not only has downsized the culture and creative sector but also brought social distancing to our daily lives. This year we are more than happy to enable interactions through art workshops, exhibitions, performances, talks, nature-walks and creative challenges with the goal of bringing and sharing hope and courage to MHAW participants and communities.
Most of the MHAW workshops and discussions are conducted in Finnish, however, nature walks like the ones organized in Kotka and Kouvola or exhibitions in Helsinki, Vaasa, Mikkeli, Rauma, Joensuu or shared experiences in Lappeenranta, Turku, Rovaniemi and Lohja—not to mention art exhibitions or joint performances like the ones in Salo or in Helsinki, pose no barriers to participation based on language. Do follow our MHAW Facebook and Instagram profiles for the up-to-date information on all events.
Annual Mental Health Art Week – MHAW with its cultural activities organized throughout the country, raises awareness on the positive impact of art and culture on mental wellbeing. We encourage all across Finland to share their arts engagement in social media during the week of Mental Health Art Week 23.–29.5. with hashtags #mhaw2022 and #mieli125 to help us raise awareness on the positive impact of culture and arts on mental wellbeing.
Mental Health Art Week was originally born in Scotland and has been organized every year during the last week of May by MIELI Mental Health Finland since 2014.
MHAW-cultural activities offer low threshold access to cultural events, raise awareness on the positive impact of culture and art activities on mental wellbeing, and challenge the stigma with mental health problems via creative means.
Mental Health Art Week coordinator
+358 40 186 8122