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Group therapy

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Group therapy is structured, goal-oriented, fixed-term therapy which utilises peer support. Participation requires the patient to have motivation to examine their own illness and life situation, as well as preparedness for performing various exercises.

The general objectives of group therapy are:

- receiving up-to-date information about the illness

- recognising symptoms related to the illness

- finding new coping and control methods and practising them

- receiving support through the experiences of others

To whom and on what terms

The patient is invited to an interview, which assesses their suitability for group therapy and its timeliness.

The service is intended for residents of Helsinki.

Background information

Mental health services are operations that aim at preventing, relieving, and treating mental health disorders and their consequences. Mental health services also include preventive work, and they improve residential living conditions to support mental health.

In practice, mental health services are guidance, counselling, and psychosocial support for those who need it. Mental health services also include research, treatment and rehabilitation of mental health disorders.

Municipalities must organise mental health services through, for example, health centres and social services. Hospital districts, congregations, organisations, and private sector service producers also provide mental health services. The work of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, such as depression nurses, and practical mental nurses promotes psychological well-being and functional capacity. The care of psychological illnesses can either be non-institutional or institutional, depending on the case.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 18/5/2022