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Projects receiving funding

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has granted government subsidies to distribute and establish good practices to improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable population groups as well as their abilities to assume responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Government subsidies totalling EUR 7,000,000 have been allocated for 2017–2018.

Good practices mean in this context practices or models that promote inclusion, mental health and healthy lifestyles, such as physical activity, as well as prevent chronic diseases and loneliness. Some of the projects receiving funding are large collaborations of several operators.

Government subsidies have been granted for nine projects:

1. Strengthening lifestyle counselling in health and social services and related service chains

  • UKK Institute, ‘Effective intersectoral lifestyle counselling in health and social services’, EUR 2,970,000
  • Vitalmed Ltd, ‘Sleepless in Finland – Non-medical treatment for insomnia’, EUR 69,000

The projects aim to distribute and establish guiding and monitoring methods in health and social services to address physical activity, diets as well as non-medical treatment for insomnia. They also aim to create service chains to promote healthy lifestyles together with other municipal sectors as well as private and third sectors.

2. Supporting the changes in dietary and physical activity patterns of families, in the services provided by maternity clinics and school healthcare

  • Finnish Heart Association, ‘Resourceful Family – Support for dietary and physical activity guidance in maternity and child health clinics and school healthcare’, EUR 580,000

The project aims to spread the Resourceful Family method from the previous 107 municipalities to every municipality in the country. It also aims to create a model for establishing the method in the new county-based service structures established with the health and social services reform.

3. Reducing smoking among people with mental health or substance abuse problems

  • Finnish Lung Health Association (Filha), ‘Smoking cessation support for people with mental health and substance abuse problems’, EUR 580,000

The project aims to model and establish methods to support smoking cessation among people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

4. Mental health skills of the population and of various professionals, including suicide prevention

  • Finnish Association for Mental Health, ‘Mental health is universal – Mental Health First Aid as a way to reinforce health and wellbeing’, EUR 846,000

The project aims to train professionals across the country in providing Mental Health First Aid training for the general population as well as more advanced Mental Health First Aid training for professionals in different sectors.

  • Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention (EHYT), ‘PIRI Project’, EUR 340,000

The project aims to train teachers and other staff members in vocational institutions to promote students’ wellbeing, prevent alcohol and drug use and reinforce a sense of community.

  • Municipality of Utsjoki, ‘First aid for people at risk of suicide’, EUR 1,320,000

The project aims to train different kinds of operators in the municipality of Utsjoki to reinforce their skills in preventing suicides. The suicide rate is above the national average in Lapland.

5. Social kitchens and reinforcing inclusion

  • Church Council, ‘Social kitchens’, EUR 1,000,000

Social kitchens are low-threshold places where everyone can come and join in different activities to create a sense of community. People can, for example, cook and eat meals together or engage in other activities together. The project aims to model the basic elements of the Social kitchens approach based on five pilot studies and existing good practices. It will also help other operators adopt the model in different parts of Finland.

6. Promotion of physical activity among people in later life

  • Age Institute Foundation, ‘Establishing the Strength in Old Age Programme’, EUR 485,000

The project aims to disseminate and establish the Strength in Old Age model in municipalities to promote physical activity among people in later life.

Suicide prevention skills for people working in primary healthcare

In addition to the above projects, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the National Institute for Health and Welfare are funding a project to improve the suicide prevention skills of GPs and public health nurses working in primary healthcare (EUR 250,000).