Voluntary evening lectures for guardians of 6–9th-graders

25.1.2023 10.33

Two online events will be held for guardians of 6–9th-graders, one dealing with cultivating compassion in a family and the other with substance abuse prevention. The purpose of the events is to provide guardians with useful information for different situations. Both events will be held in Finnish.

Cultivating compassion in a family (Kasvu myötätuntoiseksi perheeksi), organised by the Perhepolku project

How can I support a teenager with their challenging emotions? How do I strengthen a young person’s coping skills and sense of self-compassion?

Welcome to our online parents’ evening organised via Teams on 7 March from 18:00 to 19:30. Join the event by clicking this(external link) link.

Our aim is to provide guardians with information, peer support and tools for dealing with young people’s challenging emotions and for strengthening their coping skills and sense of self-compassion.

You do not have to introduce yourself or have your camera on at the event.

During the event, we will share information and discuss issues through anonymous family stories. Participants will be able to comment and share their views anonymously online through the Flinga discussion platform. At the end of the event, you can give feedback by taking an online survey.



Best regards,

Tellervo Uljas,
Parent of two teenagers
Doctoral researcher, University of Jyväskylä
Developer of Perhepolku

www.perhepolku.fi(external link)


Substance abuse among young people – what guardians should know

For whom: Guardians of children in grades 6–9 in Western Uusimaa

Date and place: 7 February 2023 at 18.00–20.00, open link to Teams: Join the meeting by clicking on this link(external link)

What substances are teens using? Are you worried about your child’s experiments with substances or substance abuse? Where can I get help and support? Come, listen, and get answers to your questions. During the evening, participants can ask about anything that concerns them through the Teams chat. The event will be recorded, and it can be viewed later on the YouTube channel of the Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County.

The programme

18.00–18.05 Opening of the event, Tuija Tuormaa, Preventive Work Specialist, Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County

18.05–18.35 Substance abuse among young people in Western Uusimaa. The impact of different substances, Kim Kannussaari, specialist, Ehyt ry

18.35–19.05 How the wellbeing of young people and the substance abuse appears in different parts of Western Uusimaa. Helena Sipiläinen, substance abuse prevention worker, Lohja youth services and Sauli Taipale, outreach youth worker, Espoo youth services

19.05–19.25 Substance abuse among young people as seen by the police.  Hannu Väänänen, Chief Inspector, preventive special activities, Western Uusimaa Police Department

19.25–19.45 Practical tips what I can do as a parent to prevent my child from abusing substances. Where can I get help if I am worried? Saara Sandelius, Service Supervisor Nupoli, Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County and Katariina Mäki-Kokkila, School Social Worker, Municipality of Kirkkonummi/Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County

19.45–20.00 Answers to questions asked during the event and conclusion of the event


Organiser: The preventive mental health and substance abuse work network in the Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County and the municipalities of Western Uusimaa.


  • Basic Education