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The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students advice and guidance on services related to wellbeing. We post links, tips and contact information hereSPW contact persons are psychologist, project coordinator Sanni Saarimäki and guidance counsellor Marja Lehto. Updated 16.5.2022 8.55.

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Starting Point of Wellbeing drop-in advising
Theses & Tomatoes on Mondays
Open Doors at SPW on Tuesdays 
Take a Break with Unisport on Wednesdays
Starting Point of Wellbeing goes Co-Studying on Thursdays
Mindfulness on Thursday

Fridays with Starting Point of Wellbeing

Contact Information

Other Services

Support in crises


Starting Point of Wellbeing drop-in advising

Starting Point of Wellbeing drop-in advising online and on campus (Otakaari 1, SPW room Y199c). You can drop in to the Starting Point of Wellbeing without booking an appointment in advance if you need advice and guidance on matters related to your wellbeing and study ability. Also, the current situation in world politics may evoke many emotions and thoughts. If you would like to talk to somebody confidentially, you can come and meet our psychologist or guidance counsellor and get guidance about other support services if needed.

The schedule is as follows until 27.5.2022 (service is on a summer break during June, July and August):

ONLINE 

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.15 - 9.45 Mindfulness (in Finnish, until 25.4.)
9.15 - 9.45 Take a Break with UniSport (until 4.5.)8.30 - 9.00 Mindfulness
(in English, until 28.4.) 

10 - 11.30 Theses&Tomatoes 

9 - 11 SPW goes Co-Studying 

10 - 11 Aalto psychologists 

10 - 11 Aalto psychologist

10 - 11 Guidance counsellors 

13 - 15 FSHS

10 - 11 Aalto psychologists 

10 - 11 Guidance counsellors 

10 - 11 Aalto psychologists

10 - 11 Aalto psychologists


10 - 11 Guidance counsellors

12 - 13 Guidance counsellors

12 - 13 Guidance counsellors

13 - 15 Aalto chaplains 

ON CAMPUS (Otakaari 1, room Y199c, in addition to online advising)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

13 - 15 Aalto psychologists 

12 - 13 Open Doors 

13 - 15 FSHS*


13 - 15 Guidance Counsellors



13 - 15 Fridays with Starting Point of Wellbeing: various events (until 29.4.)

Groups and workshops

You can find information about courses, workshops and self-study materials related to student wellbeing here: Courses and workshops for students


Starting Point of Wellbeing goes Co-Studying: Thursdays at 9.00-11.00 via Zoom (until the end of May)

SPW offers the opportunity to get-together remotely to do independent studying, utilizing Pomodoro-technic. Marja (marja.lehto(a)aalto.fi) or Sanni (sanni.saarimaki(a)aalto.fi) will be there to host a co-study session to support your independent studying. Read more:

SPW offers the opportunity to get-together remotely to do independent studying, utilizing Pomodoro-technic. We’ll start with a short intro and tips from the study psychologist to set goals and you can decide on your own goals for that morning. After that, all participants have 2 x 40 minutes available for independent study (Zoom connection open, but the camera does not have to be kept on). There is a break between these 40 minute “pomodoros”, during which you can also ask questions from study psychologist or chat with others.

The language is English, but you can also participate in Finnish. Participating in the discussion is always voluntary, so you are very welcome join us, also, even if you do not want to share your own goal with others.

When: Every Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00.

Where: In the zoom https://aalto.zoom.us/j/64681021140


In what situations could SPW going Co-Studying be the right place? If any of these apply to you, don’t hesitate to join us!

  • You should work independently on a thesis or a larger project (eg write, review sources, etc.)
  • You should do course assignments independently (eg essay, exercises, part of group work, etc.)
  • You have study-tasks that you constantly postpone because there is no “compulsion” to start right now
  • You need a little peer pressure to get started and you feel that there have been too few opportunities to study together with others these days
  • It is difficult for you to decide where to start and what would be a suitably sized piece of study for certain amount of time
  • You have a hard time getting your studies started in the morning
  • You are curious to know what kind of tips and thoughts you could get out from this that might benefit your own studying


Schedule:

9.00 (Thursday) Welcome - study psychologist's instructions to Pomodoro and goal setting; the opportunity to share your own study goal with others

9.15-9.55  First Pomodoro 40 min, independent study

9.55-10.05 Break, opportunity to share thoughts and ask for tips

10.05-10.45  Another Pomodoro 40 min, independent study

10.45-11.00 Summary: opportunity to share if your own goal was successful, and ask for tips from a study psychologist.

Theses & Tomatoes

Theses & Tomatoes 

What: co-writing event 

When: Mondays at 10-11:30 

Where: Zoom


https://aalto.zoom.us/j/62842756249?pwd=TzZzNWNiTGtTMDdOQUtWcjR2WlVudz09 (Meeting ID: 628 4275 6249, Passcode: 820375)

For whom: students completing their theses at Aalto University (Bachelor, Master, doctoral) 

Are you feeling stuck with your thesis? Or are you just finding it hard to get into a routine with working on your thesis? Maybe you are unsure of what the next step should be or how to get started on a new chapter? Do you feel lonely in your thesis work? Would you like to work in a shared space with others in the same situation? 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you have come to the right place! Join a co-writing space, which will be organized every Monday at 10-11:30 in Zoom.  

The aim of this co-writing space is to provide opportunities for you to work independently on your thesis and on self-specified goals alongside others in the same situation, creating a shared experience. 

There is no enrolment needed, just join us and get your thesis moving. The seminar is intended for students at Aalto University completing their thesis work. 

We will start each Monday at 10 with a short 15-minute introduction to different topics (e.g., goal-setting, time-management, academic writing). Introductions are held by the host and invited guests who are specialized in the topics. You will get to set your own goal and share it with others, if you want. After that there will be two 30-minute Pomodoros, with a 10-minute break in between. During the break, you can ask questions or we can all do some break exercises together. 

The co-writing event is led by Aalto psychologist Henna Niiva (henna.niiva@aalto.fi). The language of instruction is English but you are welcomed to ask questions also in Finnish. It’s totally voluntary to join in the discussion and share one’s goals – if you just want to come and work, that’s fine. 

Thursday Mindfulness (until 28.4.)

Mindfulness is about being consciously and non-judgementally in the present moment.  A goal is to keep your attention on the present moment and only observe, without assessing or criticising it. Without taking ‘time outs’, we never get a hold of ourselves or our feelings.

In mindfulness exercises, one tries to focus on specific point (for example, one’s own breathing). You are likely to notice that when you do exercises your mind tends to wander to other things. Whenever you notice your concentration going elsewhere, gently lead it back to the exercise. Being consciously present is just that: being aware that your awareness wanders!

These mindfulness-sessions consist of a few exercises guided by Aalto's study psychologist Sanni Saarimäki. The session is aimed at bachelor, master and PhD -students, and to support study-wellbeing, but Aalto-staff members are also allowed to participate.

All you have to do is to arrive at Zoom just before the start of the session (make sure your mic is off and you are in a quiet place). You are not required to have any prior knowledge of mindfulness. At the end of the session, it is possible to chat with the instructor if you wish.

Time: MINDFULNESS IS ON SUMMER BREAK!


Open Doors at Starting Point of Wellbeing

Starting Point of Wellbeing is having Open Doors on every Tuesday at 12.00 - 13.00 at Otakaari 1, room Y199c until 24.5. Come and join us for a coffee and learn what SPW is all about! 

Fridays with Starting Point of Wellbeing

Fridays with Starting Point of Wellbeing are starting! Join us on various events on campus (Undergraduate centre, Otakaari 1, room Y199c) on Fridays 4.3. - 29.4. at 13 - 15!

Are you considering which major to choose, whether to change fields or to apply for a student exchange, or any other decision that is important to you? Would you like to learn concrete tools for making choices that feel right for you, both in your studies and in other areas of your life? Come to our drop-in workshop on Friday the 4th of March to have a cup of coffee/tea and reflect on making good choices through easy individual exercises. You can just drop by to pick up the exercise booklet, stay for a while to work on them or to have a chat with us. If you register in advance, we’ll print you a copy of the exercise booklet in Finnish/English, or you can drop by unannounced, and get an electric copy of the booklet 😊  

WHERE? Starting Point of Wellbeing Room Y199c (Otakaari 1, Y-Wing) 

WHEN? Friday, 4th of March, 2022 from 13:00 to 15:00 p.m. 

WHO? Instructors are Aalto study psychology interns Meeri Anttila & Mona Ahponen 

REGISTER by Wednesday, 2nd of March, 2022 via webropol sign-up sheet: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/AA07B643C2BF6B75  


Come and have a cup of coffee and meet other students and Aalto Wellbeing Services staff! During the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to chat with others, take a break from studying and get to know more about the wellbeing services at Aalto. You can stay for the whole time or just pop in for a moment! Coffee, tea, and small snacks are available. There is also a possibility to participate in a guided mindfulness session at 14.30-15.00.

Come and have a cup of coffee and meet other students and Aalto Wellbeing Services staff! During the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to talk with others, take a break from studying and get to know more about the wellbeing services at Aalto. You can stay for the whole time or just pop in for a moment! Coffee, tea, and small snacks are available. 

Are you hoping to meet new people, deepen your connections with your peers or learn networking in real life? Come to our drop-in workshop to have a cup of coffee/tea and share thoughts on face-to-face connecting and networking after a long period of remote studies. Let’s brainstorm ideas on connecting and community building and come up with creative solutions to these themes while also getting to know new people and taking our ideas to practice in interaction during the workshop. Register in advance through the sign-up sheet below and show up some time between 13:00-15:00 to join the discussion! 😊 The workshop is held in English.

WHERE? Starting Point of Wellness Room Y199c (Otakaari 1, Y-Wing)

WHEN? Friday, 25th of March, 2022 from 13:00 to 15:00 p.m.

REGISTER NOW to secure you spot via webropol sign-up sheet: https://link.webropol.com/s/ConnectingIRL

ADDITIONAL INFO via email from the study psychology intern meeri.anttila@aalto.fi

Come and have a cup of coffee and meet other students and Aalto Wellbeing Services staff! During the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to talk with others, take a break from studying and get to know more about the wellbeing services at Aalto. You stay for the whole time or just pop in for a moment! Coffee, tea, and small snacks are available. There is also a possibility to participate in a guided mindfulness session at 14.30-15.00.

Come and have a cup of coffee and meet other students and Aalto Wellbeing Services staff! During the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to talk with others, take a break from studying and get to know more about the wellbeing services at Aalto. You can stay for the whole time or just pop in for a moment! Coffee, tea, and small snacks are available. 

IN FINNISH

Liikettä ja pysähtymistä – rento workshop opiskelijoille 

Starting Point of Wellbeing järjestää pe 22.4 klo 13.15-15.00 työpajan, johon voit tulla hengähtämään viikon päätteeksi. Tarjoamme hetken aikaa itselle rennon liikkeen, hengityksen avulla, läsnäoloon keskittyen. Tule sellaisena kuin olet. Luvassa ei ole suorittamista vaan rentoa tekemistä ilman osaamisvaatimuksia. Ei vaadi aiempaa kokemusta mindfulnessista tai liikkeen hyödyntämisestä rentoutumisen tukena.  

Työpajan vetävät Aallon psykologit Sanni Saarimäki ja Paula Sjöblom. Kielenä suomi. Ennakkoilmoittautuminen viim. 20.4 seuraavan lomakkeen kautta: https://link.webropol.com/s/liike2022 

 

Lisätietoja Sannilta sanni.saarimaki@aalto.fi 


CANCELLED.

Come and join the Starting Point of Wellbeing & Mental Health Advocacy Association for a relaxing Friday stroll around Otaniemi. There will be coffee and sima (mead) available at the Starting Point of Wellbeing room (Y199c, Otakaari 1) at 13.00 and we'll leave for the walk at 13.30. You are warmly welcome!


Contact information

Contact persons for Starting Point of Wellbeing are study psychologist Sanni Saarimäki (sanni.saarimaki[a]aalto.fi) and guidance counsellor Marja Lehto (marja.lehto[a]aalto.fi).

Office on campus: Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 1, room Y199c. The Starting Point of Wellbeing is open according to schedule.

Telegram: t.me/aaltospw

www.instagram.com/aaltowellbeing


Study and career counselling psychologists

Starting Point of Wellbeing (SPW) counselling by Aalto psychologists

Are you looking for help with time management, do you find yourself procrastinating or lacking motivation, are you looking for better study methods, or are you experiencing study related stress, anxiety or burnout? If these issues sound familiar, come and meet the Aalto psychologist to get some support and advising. You can also come and chat if you are returning to your studies after a longer break, if your life situation or health condition is affecting your studies, or if you would like to talk about your concerns related to the future and working life. Aalto's psychologists at SPW can help, for example, if you are considering when and where to get support for well-being and / or study challenges, or if you would like to book an appointment with an Aalto's psychologist.

The Best Thing Today is a podcast series hosted by the psychologists at Aalto University Learning Services. In the podcast, the psychologists casually talk about wellbeing topics – ranging from student wellbeing to the wellbeing of employees.

The podcast discussions revolve around issues that are familiar in an academic environment, such as how to find motivation, how to manage time and stress, and how to recover. You’ll also get to hear how the psychologists take care of their own wellbeing.

Aalto University's psychology podcast in Finnish is called Paras hetki päivässä.

You can find the podcasts here.
In English: https://www.aalto.fi/en/podcasts/the-best-thing-today-podcast-series
In Finnish: https://www.aalto.fi/fi/podcastit/paras-hetki-paivassa-podcastit

Individual appointment and other Aalto psychologist services: Study and career guidance psychologists help and support in all challenges related to studying and career planning, and also provide support for distance learning and the feelings that the current global pandemic may evoke. Appointment has to be booked in advance.

The study and career counselling psychology service is available to all Aalto University undergraduate and postgraduate degree students.

Psychological support for Aalto students during corona virus outbreak (MyCourses)

Courses and workshops

Guidance counsellors

Aalto Guidance counsellors are available for short discussions and guidance at Starting Point of Wellbeing 

  • online on Mondays and Thursdays at 12 - 13 and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 - 11 
  • on campus (Otakaari 1, room Y199c) on Wednesdays at 13 -15 

Guidance counsellor can help if you want to

  • evaluate your current study situation and explore alternatives (e.g. you feel like your current programme might not be the most suitable for you)
  • discuss your future options, what you would like to do and what interests you
  • clarify your goals for studies and working life

You can talk with the guidance counsellor about all matters related to your studies and future possibilities, get help with structuring your thoughts and support for goal setting and study planning. The guidance counsellor can also help when you would like to talk with someone about your studies but are not sure whom to contact.

  1. Notice that room is available only on specific times. Log in to Aalto Zoom: https://aalto.zoom.us/join and write following number-series as ”Meeting ID": 677 8755 2465, then click ”Join”. The other option is to use this link: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/67787552465.
  2. You will be directed to Waiting room, and when the guidance counsellor is available, they will let you in. Notice that there might be other students before you in the waiting line, so you might have to wait until the guidance counsellor is available. Notice that if you close your Zoom while in waiting room and then try come back later, you will end up at the end of the waiting line.
  3. When guidance counsellor lets you in, open your microphone and camera and check that your name is visible at Zoom. The conversation is confidential and it will never be recorded. Meeting will take about 15 minutes.

If there are technical problems and your Zoom closes, try to get back soon as you can. If you can't arrive back in the waiting room immediately, guidance counsellor will, of course, wait for a couple of minutes, so don't worry! However, after waiting a bit, then she/he will take the next student in. In case of questions or technical difficulties, please contact marja.lehto@aalto.fi.

Marja Lehto, 050 352 1441 / email: marja.lehto@aalto.fi 

Pia Rydestedt, 050 560 8378 / email pia.rydestedt@aalto.fi / TG @piarydestedt
School of Arts, Design and Architecture students can also contact Tuuli Asunmaa. Individual appointments can be booked in Vihta.

Aalto chaplains

Studies are demanding and there is also much more to life than studies! Aalto chaplains provide a place for discussion to all Aalto students, regardless of belief or background. Their work is grounded in presence, listening, and absolute confidentiality. We want to support the overall wellbeing of our students. Come to talk!

Aalto Chaplains at the Starting Point of Wellbeing: Thursdays at 13 - 15 on Zoom: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/61793370694

  1. You will be directed to Waiting room, and when the chaplain is available, they will let you in. Notice that there might be other students before you in the waiting line, so you might have to wait until the chaplain is available. Notice that if you close your Zoom while in waiting room and then try come back later, you will end up at the end of the waiting line.
  2. When chaplain lets you in, open your microphone and camera and check that your name is visible at Zoom. The conversation is confidential and it will never be recorded.


anu.morikawa@evl.fi, 050 4644375

Social work done by the church in case of financial difficulties: Please contact Espoo lutheran church Tapiola. Mon-Thu 9-15. Phone: +358 9 8050 4400.

FSHS

FSHS Starting Point of Wellbeing counseling on Tuesdays at 13 - 15 in Zoom and on campus (Otakaari 1, room Y199c) with the following schedule:

*FSHS nurse offers counseling on campus on  5.4., 19.4. and 10.5. and on Zoom on 29.3., 12.4., 26.4., 3.5 and 24.5.

Come and meet the FSHS nurse! We offer low-threshold health counselling and service guidance. You can come and talk to your nurse about issues related to your health or student health care services. For example, a nurse can give you general health advice or tell you about health and well-being services provided by FSHS or other local actors. Please note, however, that we do not conduct medical examinations, book appointments or, for example, fill patient recordings at Starting Point of Wellbeing. If you have any questions about your appointments, you can contact FSHS by phone (general and mental health tel. 046 7101073 and oral health tel. 046 7101085).

Student Healthcare instructions during the coronavirus pandemic

  1. Notice that room is available only on specific times. Log in to Aalto Zoom: https://aalto.zoom.us/join and write following number-series as ”Meeting ID": 68260355026, then click ”Join”. The other option is to use this link: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/68260355026
  2. You will be directed to Waiting room, and when the nurse is available, they will let you in. Notice that there might be other students before you in the waiting line, so you might have to wait until the nurse is available. Notice that if you close your Zoom while in waiting room and then try come back later, you will end up at the end of the waiting line.
  3. When the nurse lets you in, open your microphone and camera and check that your name is visible at Zoom. The conversation is confidential and it will never be recorded. Meeting will take about 15 minutes.

    If there are technical problems and your Zoom closes, try to get back soon as you can. If you can't arrive back in the waiting room immediately, the nurse will, of course, wait for a couple of minutes, so don't worry! However, after waiting a bit, they will take the next student in.

Take a Break with UniSport

Online on Wednesday mornings at 9.15. Join the session on Zoom via this link: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/61314799017

Come and start your Wednesdays with UniSport; there’s also a chance to win UniSport Training Card!

Take a Break with UniSport -session starts with a 15-minute break exercise. During the session you’ll also get tips for study breaks and have a chance to talk with the UniSport-specialist about how to maintain your wellbeing during studies, e.g:

  • what kind of sports would be suitable for you
  • how to get started with training at UniSport, and
  • how to pause your work and take active breaks

The event is in Finnish but you can also participate in English.

A free 1-month UniSport Training Card is drawn for one lucky winner each month! You’ll enter this giveaway by just participating in the event so the more often you participate in, the better are your chances to win the Training Card!

Access to UniSport online classes with a training card

Instructions for training at UniSport

Nyyti ry Chat

Nyyti's Chats for Students


MielenTEKoja - chat offers peer support to university students. Nothing is too small or unimportaint – all things are worth addressing! You can talk about anything from mental wellbeing to coping with everyday student life. With you in the chat are peer councellors who are also students themselves. Using the chat is free, and the conversations are confidential and anonymous. The chat welcomes students from all fields and programmes, incl. international students. Chat in English on Thursdays at 17 - 19 starting from 13.1. onwards.

Where to find help outside Aalto?

Sources of information and support in different kinds of situations in life in Finland.

Where to get support in crises or other acute events

You can turn to the Aalto chaplains in time of grief, whether related to a personal loss or an event affecting the whole community. The Aalto chaplains are available to all members of the Aalto community regardless of religion or worldview.

Finnish Mental Health Association Mieli ry, Crisis Helpline: https://mieli.fi/en/support-and-help/crisis-helpline/

HelsinkiMissio Youth Crisis Point offers short term counselling also in English

On this page you can find sources of information and support in different kinds of situations in life: Where to find help?

You can always come to Starting Point drop-in to ask where to get the help you need, if you are not sure what is the right place to go!