This page has groups, workshops and online (MyCourses) material organised by Aalto in the area of well-being. The groups and workshops are conducted in Finnish or English.
Starting Point of Wellbeing
Events and counselling without appointment
We are here to support you without an appointment according to the schedule shown below. In groups and open-door events you can share your thoughts with other students and specialists. You can also come during drop-in times for a one-to-one meeting without an appointment. The schedule for online meetings (chat or video) and in-person meetings (in Room Y199c, Undergraduate Centre) without appointment are shown in the table.
|9.15-10.00 Doctoral Q&A|
10-11.30 GROUP: Thesis and Tomatoes
Facilitated co-writing sessions for thesis writing
|10-11 ONLINE DROP-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (chat/video)||10-11 ONLINE DROP-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (chat/video)|
|12-13 Open Doors (SPW-room, Y199c)|
|13-15 WALK-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (SPW-room, Y199c)||13-15 WALK-IN: Special education teacher (SPW-room, Y199c)||
13-15 WALK-IN: Aalto-chaplains (SPW-room, Y199c)
CANCELLED ON WED 20.9.
|13-15 WALK-IN: Guidance counsellors (SPW-room, Y199c)|
GROUP: Beat the Blues
Event for international students Wed 27.9. & Wed 15.10. & Wed 29.11.
Drop in for advising without an appointment. These personal one-to-one meetings, lasting 20 to 30 minutes, provide advice and counselling on matters related to your study abilities and well-being. You may have questions or concerns about your studies, or about something else in life. A short discussion may give you a new outlook on subjects such as working life, motivation, and making decisions about studies, as well as on stress, loneliness, learning difficulties, etc. Listed below is additional information about the services as well as instructions on making appointments for longer individual sessions.
We can also advise you on where to find longer-term support, if necessary. If you are looking for support for a crisis or for an acute emergency, see the list of external support providers.
Services at the Starting Point of Wellbeing
Aalto's study and career counselling psychologists have drop-in counselling online (video or chat) from Tuesday to Friday at 10-11 and on campus on Mondays at 13-15 in room Y199c (Undergraduate Center, Otakaari 1) during the semesters.
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 study and career counselling 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. They can help also, for example, if you are considering when and where to get support for wellbeing and / or study challenges, or if you are not sure if you should book an appointment.
Aalto's guidance counsellors have drop-in counselling on campus every Thursday at 13-15 in room Y199c (Undergraduate Center, Otakaari 1) during the semesters.
Guidance counsellor can help you when you have questions such as: Am I in the right field of study? What do I want to do and what am I interested in? What options do I have regarding my studies and work? With a guidance counsellor, you can clarify your goals regarding your studies or career. You can also reflect on questions related to studying and future plans, receive support in organising your situation, as well as assistance in planning your studies and setting goals. Guidance counsellor can also help in situations where you want to discuss your studies with someone and you're unsure who to contact.
You can also book a longer individual guidance session through the MyStudies service or via email. Aalto guidance counsellors:
Tuuli Asunmaa (for students of School of Arts, Design and Architecture) / [email protected] / +358504124032
Aalto's chaplains have drop-in counselling on campus every Wednesday at 13-15 in room Y199c (Undergraduate Center, Otakaari 1) during the semesters.
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!
We will have a new Aalto chaplain in October. Contact information will be updated during the first week of October. (In September, Marjut Mulari will be available during Aalto chaplains' drop-in times every Wednesday at 13-15.)
Diaconical 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. You don't have to be a member of the church if you wish to reach out for this support.
The special education teacher provides individual counselling without appointment on campus (Otakaari 1, Y199c) between 13.00 and 15.00 on Tuesdays during the academic term.
The special education teacher can help in situations where learning is difficult. If you have a diagnosed learning difficulty, illness or injury that hampers your ability to study, we can find out suitable ways for you to study despite the challenges. Or maybe you have begun to suspect that an unidentified learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or an attention deficit, may be underlying your learning challenges. We can think over these things and think up the appropriate further steps to take.
You can also make an appointment for a longer individual counselling session through the MyStudies service. You can also send an email or call Special Education Teacher Janne Mertala / [email protected] / +358 50 3450988
If you have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty, illness or injury, you may receive individual study arrangements. Get in touch with the contact person for your school. Additional information and your school’s contact person: Individual study arrangements at Aalto University
Finnish Student Health Service, also known as the FSHS, is your support for your well-being and health. FSHS services are for those students who have enrolled as attending students at a Finnish university. FSHS offers general health care services, mental health care services and oral health care services. Before booking an appointment, call us or visit SelfChat online service for an assessment of your need for treatment. The health care fee for students in higher education is paid to Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. FSHS does not charge for appointments.
FSHS in also participating in SPW-events. You can read more about their services for bachelor- and master-degree students: Frontpage - FSHS (yths.fi)
At UniSport, you can do the kinds of exercises that inspire you the most and at very affordable student prices! Everyone is welcome to UniSport, whether you are a beginner or more advanced in exercising. Instructions for training at Unisport:
A list of sources of information and support in different kinds of situations in life in Finland can be found in Living in Finland | Aalto University
HelsinkiMissio Youth Crisis Point offers short term counselling also in English
Support and help in crisis situations and other acute need for help?
- In case of an urgent need for health-related help, contact the emergency department in your municipality, esim. Espoo, Helsinki tai Vantaa.
- Social and crisis emergency: Espoo: Western Uusimaa Social and Crisis Emergency Services, Helsinki: Emergency care | City of Helsinki.
Discussion-support in crisis
- You can turn to Aalto chaplains whether it is a personal matter related to your own life or a crisis affecting the community more broadly. Aalto chaplains are available to all members of the Aalto community, regardless of religion or outlook on life.
- Crisis Helpline provided by Mieli: Crisis Helpline - MIELI
- HelsinkiMissio Youth Crisis Point offers short term counselling also in English
- The AaltoAPUA number can be contacted whenever in need of assistance in Aalto. But in emergency situations, call 112.
- AaltoAPUA helpline 050 4646462 | Aalto University
- The helpline is open 24/7 year-round and provides assistance in both Finnish and English. AaltoAPUA is intended for non-emergencies and can be used by anyone working at the university.
SPW-events and happenings
Starting Point of Wellbeing is having Open Doors on every Tuesday at 12.00 - 13.00 at Otakaari 1, room Y199c. Come and join us for a coffee and learn what SPW is all about!
Starting Point of Wellbeing (SPW) organizes a varied program on campus. Here are some examples of established pop-up events. We will update the event information throughout the semester.
FSHS theme day on sleep and rest. Enhance your study routine! Come and chat with healthcare professionals at SPW's pop-up booth about topics related to sleep and alertness.
Visual boards on dreams and future plans: SPW organises workshops and creative afternoon sessions. Visualize your dreams or for example your future plans on a board, using materials like images and cut-out words. Creative materials will be provided but you can also bring something of your own. Coffee and tea will be available!
Beat the Blues! are Wellbeing-themed events for all international students at Aalto organized by Starting Point of Wellbeing. Come as you are! We are offering a place to share experiences, make new friends and maybe learn something new about surviving - and thriving - in Finland! Read more at: Beat the Blues! -events for Aalto international students
Thesis & Tomatoes
Read more via this link.
Start your studies with Pomodoro
Are you having trouble getting started with your studies? Do you struggle to establish routines? Does studying feel like a lonely task? Would you like to study alongside others in a similar situation? Join us for guided studying and pick up tips for more effective work during Pomodoro sessions!
Read more and get Zoom-links: Start your studies with Pomodoro | Aalto University
Here you'll find information on our groups, workshops and online materials for well-being, study skills and coping. The groups and workshops are conducted in Finnish or English. Groups, workshops and online materials for supporting wellbeing and study ability | Aalto University
The themes of the five-point wellbeing route are observation of emotions, fostering the relationship with nature, bodyliness, calming down, and reflection on moderation. The route was opened on 19.4.2023 as part of Student's Mental Health Day.
You can download the map of the route as a PDF-attachment.
Aalto’s study and career counselling psychologists offer online and on-campus individual counselling to Aalto students. You can drop in at the Starting Point of Wellbeing for individual counselling without an appointment.
Each Aalto student has a right to receive reasonable individual study arrangements for medical reasons. A medical reason may be dyslexia, a sensory impairment, mental health condition or learning difficulty. Individual study arrangements should not be seen as a reason to stop aiming for the set learning outcomes. Instead, they are a way of supporting the student in attaining the learning outcomes.
Examples of individual study arrangements include additional time for examinations (1 hour at Aalto), a private space or computer for examinations, or adjusted schedules.
Beat the Blues! are wellbeing-themed events for international students at Aalto, organized by Starting Point of Wellbeing and Wellbeing Ambassadors.