Wellbeing Across Regions and Disciplines (WARD)
Mental wellbeing across our society is a major concern that touches us all. Across regions, age-groups or any other demographics, and remains as one of the most fundamental and critical challenges of our society. Despite, or perhaps as a result of the rapid increase in living standards in the western world.
Perhaps it is time to go back to the basic questions of what good life is really made of, what is important to us in the end, and how we can accomplish it as fairly and equally as possible to all. With what we have and who we are.
Finland is the third most sparsely populated country in Europe after Iceland and Norway. Remote areas and regions are struggling with decreasing and aging populations as well as challenges to keep at least some portion of their youth in their hometowns. As well as keep good workforce in the over-worked and under-resourced sectors like health-, wellbeing-, youth and education.
Public sector social- and healthcare sector, along with youth, education, culture and sports are in the hot spot when it comes to finding new solutions. We simply don’t have resources to just do more with the same, or often less, than yesterday. We have to reorganize resources in a more meaningful way as well as have the patience to seek long-term impact from what we do.
According to some studies, over 80% of the social- and healthcare costs are made up by less than 20% of the people. Every success in that 20% is not only personal for the individual customer, but also the trainers, and budget holders.
Global phenomena like aging population, urbanization, exclusion, immigration, structural inequalities along with global financial and political crises add to the increasingly complex environmnent of our time.