Mental Health Seminar

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Thank you everyone who participated! The lecture slides are available here.

Mental Health Seminar 

Date: 10th February 2021 4PM-5:30PM (JST) 

Platform: Zoom 

Organizers: Finnish Institute in Japan, Asahi Travel International Inc. in Japan and Mieli Mental Health Finland


16:00 Opening

16:05 Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Director of Finnish Institute in Japan

Well-being of Women, Well-being for Society”

16:35 Q&A

16:45 Marjo Nurmi, Mieli Mental Health Finland planner and volunteer work coordinating management 

Mental Health is for Everybody”

17:15 Q&A

17:30 Closing


Q1: In Finland, do you have any occasion to talk about one’s well-being? 

A: Yes, well-being is discussed on every level in the society; in schools, work places and in families as well. There are special programs for well-being to be implemented for example:

Q2: Regarding the balance of 8-8-8 mentioned in Anna-Marias presentation, do you have any tips for balancing them all well? For instance, I tend to think even unconsciously that we shall prioritize work and reduce times for sleep and hobbies. 

A: We humans are entities. Kindly remember that you cannot do your work well, if you haven’t rested well. But just an extra hour of sleep can positively influence our cognitive abilities, boost productivity and ability to concentrate. Taking care of your physical health is crucial to achieving work-life balance. Being healthy is important for your work performance and your everyday life in general.

I put an alarm to my iPhone that tells me it’s time to go to sleep. Gently leave your digital devices out from the bedroom and don’t do anything digital at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep.More information about the importance of sleep and hobbies:

Books about well-being:

・Martin E.P. Seligman: Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

・Emma Seppälä: The Happiness Track. How to apply the science of happiness to accelerate your success

・Emily Esfahan Smith: The Power of Meaning

・Arianna Huffington: Thrive

・Michelle Obama: Becoming

・Deepak Chopra: The healing self

・HH Dalai Lama: The Art of Happiness