Mental health as human capital

Mental health is one of the most important things in a person’s life, affecting health and wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, studies, work, and the entire life-course. Good mental health strengthens trust, reciprocity and a sense of belonging in society. Productivity is closely tied to the mental health of the workforce. High levels of good mental health in the population will support success in Finland as a whole. Mental health is a form of capital for individuals, families, communities and society as a whole which can be looked after and invested in

  • at all life stages,
  • during studies and at work, 
  • in everyday circumstances, communities and recreational activities,
  • in connection with societal and environmental changes.

In addition to a public health perspective, specific attention is given to minorities including different language and cultural groups.