Past projects of the Finnish Association for Mental Health.
Eating disorders are mental disorders in which people’s relationship with food, exercising, body image (the perception of personal appearance) or their general perception of themselves have a negative impact on their health.
Mental health is not a permanent or unchangeable state; instead, the mental resources of an individual vary according to situations and experiences in life.
Phobias or excessive fears
Phobias or excessive fears are disproportionate and unrealistic fears of certain issues, objects or situations. Typical objects of fear include heights, closed or open spaces, spiders, injections, flying or darkness.
What is mental health?
The WHO (2013) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential and can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to their community.
Psychotherapy is a form of treatment based on the interaction of two or more people. In psychotherapy, a person talks with a psychotherapist or in a therapy group, for example, about the things they need help processing.
“Crisis is not an illness from which one should recover; it is life one has to live.”
Outi Ruishalme and Liisa Saaristo: Elämä satuttaa, kriisit ja niistä selviytyminen
Someone suffering from panic disorder experiences recurrent and intense panic attacks. The symptoms of a panic attack are sudden palpitations, the feeling of choking, chest pain and vertigo.
Pinwheel of Well-Being
The Poster "Pinwheel of Wellbeing" is available as a donwnloadable pdf and as a poster.
Professional confidentiality of health care and social services personnel
Patients should be able to discuss their mental health problems openly with the person in charge of their treatment. The personnel in health care and social services must sign a confidentiality agreement. They cannot disclose your medical records to anyone without your consent.