The theme for Students’ Mental Health Day is moderation


This week we celebrate Students’ Mental Health Day. Students’ Mental Health Day is a nationwide campaign that promotes conversation about issues and themes important to students’ mental health.

According to the Finnish Student Health and Wellbeing Survey (KOTT 2021) one in three higher education students suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression. Students’ Mental Health Day is observed to bring attention to mental health challenges among students.

This year, the theme of Students’ Mental Health Day is moderation. Our daily lives are full of performing. For students in particular, life is a balancing act between different demands and objectives. Pressure not only comes from studies and related factors, but also from other sources. For example, personal finances, social media, social relationships and leisure activities can, at their worst, push you to the limits.

Students’ Mental Health Day is celebrated on Wednesday 19 April, but there is enough program around the theme for the whole week. The program is organised by, for example, the University of Helsinki and Nyyti ry.

On Wednesday 19 April between 3-4 pm the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) and the National Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK) are holding a student mental health day event near the House of Estates. The event’s theme is ‘The mental health crisis – the downside of student life’, with the purpose of reminding political decision-makers of the importance of adequate funding for the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).

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