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Iloa varhain groups ('Early Joy')

The social guidance for families with children organises these groups for mothers who have babies from 2 weeks to 8 months of age. The group is intended for mothers suffering from mild depression or who have a risk of becoming depressed. This closed group can accommodate 4-5 mothers with their babies. The mothers are interviewed before the group's first meeting. Participation in the group also includes a follow-up meeting after the group sessions have ended.

The group meets eight times. The meetings are held once a week before noon and last for approximately 2 hours per session. The group uses the Depressiokoulu handbook, which has a cognitive-psychotherapeutic approach. The participants practise controlling their mood and identifying their emotions.

Instruction in the Iloa varhain group is mainly provided by social care workers from the social guidance for families with children, who work in pairs.
You can apply for this service by contacting the group's instructors.


The service is intended for residents of Helsinki.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

Related service points and contact information:


Social Services and Health Care Division

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