Constructive interaction as a factor supporting well-being

MDI evaluated “The constructive interaction in support of mental health” -training and development project. The project was managed by Suomen Moniääniset ry and financed by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA). The partners of the project were Kokemus- ja vertaistoimijat ry from Seinäjoki and The Finnish Central Association for Mental Health.

The goal of the project was to develop the interaction and emotional skills of the various mental health actors operating in the non-profit organisation segment of this sector. In the external evaluation three international instruments, measuring the quality of life, were used: EuroHIS-8, WHOQOL-BREF and RAND-36.

Based on the external evaluation, the training received an average score of 8.2 on a scale of 1-10 for its usefulness from the participants. The results also suggest that changes have occurred in the participant’s abilities and practices across all areas covered by the training. Participants experienced positive developments in terms of their resources, socio-emotional, socio-cognitive and social skills, attachment relationships and involvement, as well as self-image, self-esteem, expectations and beliefs.

The participants’ perceived quality of life, self-knowledge and social and emotional skills also improved during the training period.

The need for medical or other treatment and the feelings of insecurity caused by the affliction also decreased. The results are good because the participants had also experienced challenging situations in their lives during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

“The constructive interaction in support of mental health” -training showed that by learning constructive interaction, it was possible to increase the perceived well-being of mental health rehabilitators, experts by experience and organisation employees who were involved in the activities of partner organisations.