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Mental Health Promotion

The research group consists of many vocational experts in Turku University of Applied Sciences. In the core of the research group is promotion of the mental health in the different sectors, with the help of a first-class study and development and innovation work.

The basic idea of the research group is based on a wide view on the mental health and we concentrate to a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. The promotion of the mental health is operation which supports the coming true of the good mental health and the objective of which is to add strengthening and protective factors.  

Mental health and psychiatric nursing

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Under the theme, we concentrate on the field of mental health and psychiatric nursing. We examine and develop the operations of psychiatric hospitals in cooperation with the partners from nurses’ as well as patients’ points of view and we promote and develop the expertise by experience. We do development work actively for different frames of reference also in the development of "eHealth" applications within mental health work. 

Child welfare clinics and mental health within the school health service

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The promotion of mental health takes place in the child welfare clinics as well as school health service. The follow-up of children's psychosocial health belongs to the public health nurse's job description.

The role of the school health service in mental health matters concentrates on prevention and identification, support and referral to treatment of problems. The identification of problems is possible in addition to the physical examinations in the public health nurses' appointments, and also in free-form interaction with the pupils and in cooperation with student welfare and teachers. 

 

Mental health in working age

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Healthy to work – healthy in work – healthy from work. Under this theme, the different phenomena of working life and their effects and connection to well-being at work and mental health in the different stages of life are examined. 

Immigrants' mental health

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Under the theme, immigrants' mental health is examined in different situations in life. The theme will process integration, inclusion, social support of the community and reciprocity at different stages of the immigration process. 

Mental health and prenatal care

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Underthe theme, we widely concentrate on the questions of mental health, sexual and reproductive health and prenatal care, nationally and internationally. In the centre of the theme are pregnant women, women who have given birth and their families and welfare.

Partners

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Turun kaupunki
Salon kaupunki
Turku yliopistollinen keskussairaala  
Helsingin yliopistollinen keskussairaala  
Turun yliopisto 
Novia
Muut suomalaiset ammattikorkeakoulut
Sateenkaarikoto ry/ Opetuskoti Mustikka
Turun sosiaali- ja terveystoimi
Salon sosiaali- ja terveystoimi
Salon seudun ammattiopisto
Salon SYTY
Salon Sydänyhdistys
V-S Sydänpiiri ry
Elämäntapa ry
Kokemusasiantuntijakoulutus Salon kansalaisopisto
Avustajakeskus
Muistiyhdistys
ITU
FinFami
Mielenterveystyön tutkimus ja kehittäminen ry
Metsähallitus
Luonnonvarakeskus
Terveydenhoitajaliitto
Kätilöliitto
University of Akureyri, University of Iceland, Iceland
Innland University, Nord University Norway
Uppsala University ,Sweden
Dublin City University, Ireland
Cork College University, Ireland
Utrech university of Applied Science, Netherlands
Hamburg university of applied science, Germany
Essex University, UK
University of Canberra, Australia
University of Zambia, Zambia 
Lusaka Apex Medical University, Zambia
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Free State University, South Africa
Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
University of Cape Town, South Africa 
Mongolian National University, Mongolia
University of West-Attica, Greece
Vives, Belgium
The Lisbon School of Nursing (ESEL - Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa), Portugal
Klaipeda City Public Health Bureau, Lithuania
Piraeus University of Applied Sciences
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Riga Technical University, Latvia
Lund University, Sweden
Asociacija Kurybines ateities idejos, Lithuania
Asociatia Everest, Romania
SSM Global training services LTD, Cyprus
Asociación Emprende Empleo, Spain

Ongoing projects

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  1. MEGA – Building Capacity by Implementing mhGAP Mobile Intervention in SADC Countries
  2. Moment - MOngolian MEntal health Nurse Training: post graduate diploma curriculum development
  3. OnBoard-Med – Harmonization of on Board Medical Treatment, Occupational Safety and Emergency Skills in Baltic Sea Shipping  
  4. EDDIS - A Digital Program for Sexual Education in Secondary Schools 
  5. MARJAT - Maahanmuuttajien kotoutumisen edistäminen terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin keinoin
  6. YOUME- Mielenterveysasioiden esiin ottaminen maahanmuuttajien keskuudessa
  7. Luontoliikuntaa sydämeen 
  8. Be Smart Senior (BESS)  
  9. HOPEA  
  10. Taikusydän - The Heart for Arts, Culture and Well-being in Finland  
  11. VOIMA

Most recent publications and products

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Reports and other publications

Lahti M., Berg J., Varpula J., Lipponen E., Lantta T., Äärinen A., Soininen P., Sailas E., Kontio R. & Välimäki M. 2018. Hoitajien työturvallisuus psykiatrisen potilaan huone- ja sidontaeristyksen aikana. Turun ammattikorkeakoulun raportteja 248. Turun ammattikorkeakoulu: Turku. ISBN 978-952-216-684-5 (painettu), ISSN 1457-7925 (painettu). 

Ellilä H., Lahti M, Vatula A. & Pulli J. 2018. Mielenterveyspalveluiden käyttäjät kokemusasiantuntijoina mielenterveys- ja päihdetyön opetuksessa sairaanhoitaja koulutuksessa – innovatiivista otetta. M. Komulainen & T. Konst (toim.). Innovaatiopedagogiikka korkeakouluopetuksessa. Turun ammattikorkeakoulun raportteja. Turun ammattikorkeakoulu: Turku. ISBN 978-952-216-657-9.

Kummel, M & Mört S. 2018. Ihon terveydeksi. Turun ammattikorkeakoulun raportteja 246.Turun ammattikorkeakoulu: Turku.

Lahti M. & Ellilä H. 2015. Collaboration among child protection and mental health care staff: a systematic literature review. Eds. Timonen-Kallio E, Pivoriene J, Smith M. & Fernandes del Valle J. On the boarders between residential care and mental health treatment. Reports from Turku University of Applied Science 209. Turku. Finland. ISBN 978-216-558-9.

Lahti M. 2015. Mielenterveyden edistäminen. Edit. Laaksonen C. & Suvivio P. Terveesti nyt ja huomenna – näkökulmia yksilön, yhteisön ja yhteiskunnan terveyden edistämiseen. Turun ammattikorkeakoulun raportteja 219. ISBN: 9789522165916

Lahti M. & Timonen-Kallio E. On the Borders between Residential Child Care and Mental Health Treatment – the challenge for interprofessional teaching and learning. Aurinkolaiva – The Sunship 2/2015.

Kummel M, Laaksonen C, Lahti M, Mattinen A, Mört S. & Tuominen M. Out of the classroom to learn, develop and influence. Aurinkolaiva – The Sunship 2/2015.

Scientific articles

Lahti, M., Groen, G., Mwape, L., Korhonen, J., Breet, E., Chapima, F., Coetzee, M., Ellilä, H, Jansen, R., Jonker, D., Jöns-Prestati, A., Mbanga, I., Mukwato, P., Mundenda, J., Mutagubya, J., Janse van Rensburg-Bonthuyzen, E., Seedat, S., Stein, D., Suliman, S., Sukwa, T.7, Turunen, T-J.8, Valtins, K., van den Heuvel, L., Wahila, R. & Grobler, G. Design and development process of an m-health application for primary health care workers in South Africa and Zambia: An overview of the MEGA project. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, accepted for publication 2.4.2019.

Happell B. Platania-Phung C, Scholz B, Bocking J, Horgan A, Manning F, Doody R, Hals E, Granerud A, Lahti M, Pulli J, Vatula A, Ellila H, Jan van der Vaart K, Allon J, Griffin M, Russell S, MacGabban L, Bjornsson E. & Biering P. 2019. Nursing student attitudes to people labelled with ‘mental illness’ and consumer participation: a survey-based analysis of findings and psychometric properties. Nurse Education Today, 76; 89-95.

Happell B, Platania-Phung C, Scholz B, Bocking J, Horgan A, Manning F, Doody R, Hals E, Granerud A, Lahti M, Pulli J, Vatula A, Jan Van Der Avaart K, Allon J, Griffin M, Russell S, MacGabban L, Bjornsson E, Biering P,. & Koski J. 2019. Changing attitudes: The impact of Expert by Experience involvement in Mental Health Nursing Education: An international survey. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28 (2), 480-491. doi: 10.1111/inm.12551. Epub 2018 Nov 3.

Happell B, Platania-Phung C, Bocking J, Scholz B, Horgan A, Manning F, Doody R, Hals E,  Granerud A, Lahti M, Pullo P, Ellilä H, Vatula A, Jan van der Vaart K, Allon J, Griffin M, Russell S, MacGabhann L, Bjornsson E, & Biering P. 2018. Nursing students’ attitudes toward people with diagnosed with mental illness and mental health nursing: An international project from Europe and Australia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39(10); 829-839. doi: 0.1080/01612840.2018.1489921. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

Jormfeldt H, Doyle L, Ellilä H, Lahti M, Higgins A, Keogh B, Meade O, Stickley T, Sitvast J,  Skärsäter I & Kilkku. Master's level mental health nursing competencies, a prerequisite for equal health among service users in mental health care. 13:sup1, 1502013, DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1502013

Lahti M, Timonen-Kallio E, Pael J, Lenk-Adusoo M, Linno M. 2018. Mental Health Care Interventions in Child Welfare: Integrative Review of Evidence-Based Literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1479902.
Lahti M, Ellilä H. Doyle L, Jormfeldt  H, Higgins A, Keogh B, Meade O, Sitvast J, Skärsäter I,  Stickley T, Kilkku N. 2017. Lifespan mental health promotion and prevention knowledge needed in master level mental health nursing education – eMenthe project. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2018.1431953.

Keogh B, Skärsäter I, Doyle L, Ellilä H, Jormfeldt H, Lahti M, Higgins A, Meade O, Sitvast J, Stickley T. & Kilkku N. 2017.Working with Families Affected by Mental Distress: Stakeholders' Perceptions of Mental Health Nurses Educational Needs. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 38 (10), 2017.

Doyle L, Ellila H, Jormfeldt  H, Lahti M, Higgins A, Keogh B, Meade O, Sitvast J, Skärsäter I,  Stickley T, Kilkku N. 2017. Preparing Masters level mental health nurses to work within a wellness paradigm: Findings from the eMenthe project. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 27(2), 823-832

Horgan, A; Manning, F; Bocking, J; Happell, B; Lahti, M; Doody, R; Griffin, M; Bradley, S; Russell, S; Bjornsson, E; O'Donovan, M; macgabhann, L; Savage, E; Pulli, J; Goodwin, J; van der Vaart, K; O'Sullivan, H; Dorrity, C; Ellila, H; Allon, J; Hals, E; Sitvast, J; Granerud, A; Beiring, P. 2017. To be treated as a human”: Using co-production to explore mental health service users’ involvement in nursing education:  the COMMUNE project". International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Jan 29. doi: 10.1111/inm.12435

Skärsäter I, Doyle L, Lahti M, Higgins A, Ellilä H, Stickley T, Jormfeldt H, Meade O, Keogh B,  Sitvast J, & Kilkku N. 2018. Advancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of mental health nurses working with families and caregivers: A critical review of the literature. Nurse Education in Practice 32 (2018) 138–146

Stickley T, Doyle L, Higgins A, Koch B, Lahti M, Ellilä H, Jormfeldt H, Sitvast J, Skärsäter I, Läksy M-L, Vuokila-Oikkonen P. & Kilkku, N. 2015. From the rhetoric to the real: A critical review of how the concepts of recovery and social inclusion may inform mental health nurse advanced level curricula – the eMenthe project. Nurse Education Today, 37, 155–163.