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ASSOCIATION TO SUPPORT RELATIVES AND OTHER CARE-GIVERS OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL DISORDERS

When a family member gets mentally ill, the lives of their relatives are changed in many ways. The aim of our association is to promote the relatives’ well-being, quality of life and capability of coping with everyday tasks when someone in their family experiences a difficult moment.

The Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) supports good deeds. And we are here to accompany you and to offer you support and hope. You can also find us on Facebook.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The family association promoting mental health in South Ostrobothnia (FinFami) was founded on April 5th 2001. The association offers its services in the whole area of South Ostrobothnia and belongs to the National Family Association Promoting Mental Health in Finland, FinFami.

The goal of the association is to support all the family members in all the different stages of a mental illness. The association supervises the interests of relatives by informing and influencing the public opinion. It distributes information to relatives concerning mental illnesses and how to prevent them. It also offers different kinds of treatment and rehabilitation options. We can give either individual support or peer support including group, recreational or volunteer-based activities. In cooperation with other local organizations within the mental health sector we develop various of activities in order to support the well-being of relatives.

OUR FORMS OF ACTIVITY

  • Support and counselling by telephone. It’s also possible to call anonymously.
  • Individual discussion with relatives by appointment.
  • Peer support groups and volunteer-based activities.
  • Information on mental illnesses for relatives.
  • Themed events with various themes and other study occasions.
  • Rehabilitation and recreation activities.
  • Cooperation with other local organizations in the mental health sector.

WHAT CAN HELP YOU TO GET THROUGH?

  • Acquiring information.
  • Accepting your own feelings.
  • Positive thinking.
  • Hobbies.
  • Recognizing your own limits.
  • Taking care of your well-being.
  • Discussions with friends and peers.
  • Asking professionals for help.

TOGETHER WE ARE MORE

  • Newsletter twice a year.
  • “Labyrintti” membership bulletin four times a year.
  • You can take initiatives.
  • You can attend our official meetings twice a year.

Contact details

The family association promoting mental health in South Ostrobothnia
FinFami
Kauppakatu 11 A 4 – Meeting point for relatives
60100 SEINÄJOKI
06-4148994
toimisto[at]finfamiep.fi

Kuva Päivi Penttilästä

Managing director
Päivi Penttilä
050 348 3676
paivi.penttila[at]finfamiep.fi

Kuva Tuija Ikolasta

Expert in advising relatives
Tuija Ikola
040 410 2549
tuija.ikola[at]finfamiep.fi

Counsellor for young relatives (starting August 2017)
Paikka auki –project 2016-2017
Julia Hakamaa
045 231 9505
nuoret[at]finfamiep.fi

Regional employee
Teija Matalamäki
050 338 0845
teija.matalamaki[at]finfamiep.fi

Kuva Teija Matalamäestä

Counsellor for elderly relatives
Sirpa Paukku
VIOLA Project 2014-2017 (LIVELY AGE – NEVER MIND THE YEARS!)
044 709 5737
sirpa.paukku[at]finfamiep.fi

Kuva Sirpa Paukusta