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Students´ mental health week: the campaign theme is moderation

Student Mental Health Day is celebrated every spring. This year, the day is Wednesday 19 April 2023 and the campaign lasts throughout the week 16. This year’s campaign theme is moderation.

The goal of the annual campaign is to provoke conversations about students’ mental health and to invite everyone to support the cause of mental well-being. Working behind the scenes of the campaign is the Student Wellbeing Network (in Finnish) coordinated by Nyyti ry.

We are organizing the webinar Kohtuutta etsimässä on the FSHS YouTube channel (@YTHSvideo) Wednesday 19th April 2023 from 12pm to 3 pm. The webinar is in Finnish.

Nyyti ry updates the campaign content on its website.

This is how Nyyti ry writes about this year’s campaign theme on its website:

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.

Many of life’s injustices stem from a variety of structural and social factors. The loan-focused nature of the student financial aid system, first-timer enrolment quotas, certificate-based selection, strict progression requirements and the underlying performance-oriented culture are examples of structural factors that place a strain on the everyday lives and ability to cope of students.

Together, we can influence structural factors, but the truth is that big ships turn slowly and structural change takes years at best. It is also true that, even if the excesses are not self-induced, we can change our own behaviour much more quickly to improve our well-being.

Through this year’s theme of moderation, we encourage you to pause at the excesses in your own life and think about how you can moderate your own life. Above all, we encourage you to stop together with others.

The text "Students´ Mental Health Day 19.4.2023, #KohtuusEiOoKirosana."