The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Finnish Association for Mental Health (FAMH)
About the host/co-host
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) studies and monitors – and develops measures to promote – the well-being and health of the population in Finland. THL gathers and produces information based on research and statistics, and provides expertise and solutions, which the stakeholders can use in support of their decision-making and other work. THL is an independent, expert agency working under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The Finnish Association for Mental Health (FAMH) is a national mental health NGO, whose primary focus is on mental health promotion and prevention of mental health problems. This work includes both universal and targeted approaches. FAMH also provides short-term crisis help and coordinates national crisis centre network. FAMH influences policy both at national and local levels through its 54 local associations.
Theme of this match
In the last few years, many European countries have experienced a large increase in the number of immigrants, many of whom have arrived as asylum seekers. The immigration process in any form will pose challenges on mental health, and these are especially demanding if the immigrant has experienced trauma prior to or during the process.
In this match, we will explore the specific mental health needs of immigrants and the ways in which to support it in the different stages of an immigration process. We will take a closer look at good practices in promotion of the mental health in the reception phase, the role of mental health in integration to local communities, mental health rehabilitation and care of the torture survivors, mental health work with refugees in primary and special health care, and the role of NGOs in mental health support for immigrants.
The match will include interactive workshops, discussions and presentations. Specific content will be provided in April, but for example this Match will present Finland’s new national model and guidelines for mental health policies for refugees (PALOMA), Stability Training model developed by FAMH, and the new MIOS model that aims to promote social inclusion, mental health and prevent marginalisation of migrants. We would also very much welcome participants to share their experiences from other countries, so please get in touch with us if you are interested.