When a person has mental health problems, the lives of all family members are affected. Family members need help. Their risk of becoming depressed is 2-3 times greater than of the rest of the population. Patient´s family members experience that the public healthcare system ignores them and they strive to cope. Family members face difficult emotions: physiological and psychological, as well as social and economic distress. In their demanding situation carers require more information about mental illnesses as well as possibilities to discuss family situation and their concerns with professionals and peers. Sharing worries helps carers to cope better. Peer support is also vital.
The Peer Carer project is a collaboration project of two Family Associations Promoting Mental Health: South-West Finland and Salo Region. All the local associations are members of The National Family Association Promoting Mental Health in Finland (FinFam).Our goal is to support families when a family member is mentally ill. Two project workers coordinate and develop The Peer Carer project in psychiatric hospitals in Turku and Salo district during the years 2012-2014. The project is funded by the national Slot Machine Association (RAY).
Project workers are health care professionals. They arrange consulting and discussion meetings in psychiatric hospitals in Turku and Salo. Discussion meetings and telephone counseling are free of charge. Peer support can be provided during the meetings. A Volunteer Peer Carer is a person who has gone through similar life experience as the patient's family member.
If you need help and support, please contact us.
Project abstract in english:
RN, Master of Education Elina Taskinen
Phone advice and discussion bookings in Turku district: + 358-44-7930587
RN, Pinja Uutela
Phone advice and discussion bookings in Salo district: + 358-44-7930586
Address: Family Association Promoting Mental Health in South-West Finland
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 11a, 20520 Turku