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Alviina Alametsä, Finnish Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

Alviina is an outspoken advocate for mental health and a member of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. As a co-chair of Mental Health Europe's Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing in the European Parliament, she aims to grant everybody in Europe access to mental healthcare, and build better mental health policies.

When she was 15, Alviina experienced a traumatic school shooting situation. The attacker had been denied mental health treatment. Alviina and her friends also struggled to get help for mental health issues that emerged, and she learned how crucial access to treatment is.

She started reforming mental health care in her home country by leading a Citizens' Initiative campaign. As a City Councillor in Helsinki she introduced a concept of free, walk-in mental health clinics, and the first two opened in 2019. The city is planning to expand this model to the whole of Helsinki, as the open clinics have been such a success in treating and preventing mental health problems.

 

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