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Become a volunteer

As a student, you’re a first-hand expert in students’ mental health. Welcome to join us!

As a Nyyti volunteer, you get to contribute to the mental well-being of your student peers. Your thoughts and experiences are an important source of knowledge and support for us and to other students. Help us create the kind of student culture where mental health and compassion matter! Take a look at our current volunteer assignments below.

Application instructions in the menu to the right.
Contact information at the bottom of this page.

Volunteer assignments

Peer counseling online:

Chat

Nyyti’s group chat is a place where people discuss topics related to students’ lives and daily encounters. As a chat counselor, the main task – apart from providing peer support – is to keep things flowing; activate the discussion, introduce new or different points of view to the participants and to maintain an open, anti-oppressive and welcoming atmosphere. You can do the work remotely from anywhere in Finland (or abroad if you wish, e.g. if you go on an exchange). Each chat is usually done by two volunteers, or a volunteer and a Nyyti employee. Chat counselors receive an hour long training before starting their work, and have continuous check-ups with Nyyti’s employees while active.

Online meetups

Nyyti’s online meetups in Zoom provide a perfect opportunity to catch a break and talk about things on your mind in a group environment.  Each session is centered around different topics and also usually include mindfulness or other exercises.  The meetups are led by trained volunteers and Nyyti’s staff.

During the Spring of 2021 Nyyti arranged virtual meetups specifically aimed for males and male-identifying students in accordance with the concept Miesten vuoro created by Metropolia Uni. The meetups continued during the Fall of 2021 and Spring 2022 as part of the mielenTEKoja- project.

We will continue to offer meetups specifcally aimed to different student groups. What group of
students do you think would benefit from something like this? Send in your suggestions to our specialist!

Other activities:

Produce a podcast

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to produce a podcast?

Nyyti’s volunteers can produce their own episodes in our podcast series NyytiCast  – also in English! There are comprehensive instructions for creating your own episode, and we also offer sparring for the script and, if necessary, help with any technicalities. If you have some understanding of Finnish, you may listen to the first volunteer produced episode #40: The Importance of Social Needs.

Share your everyday life on our Instagram

As a volunteer, you can take over our Instagram account @nyytiry for a week. During your Gram week, you get to share pictures and feelings about your daily life as a student as well as speak on topics of your choosing about mental well-being. Our volunteers’ posts can be found on our Instagram under #NyytinVapari #NyytiVolunteer

During your Instagram week, you can also organize interactive activities with other volunteers and/or Nyyti’s employees, like by doing a video or live broadcasts. You can also participate as a guest on Nyyti’s IG- streamshow NyytiTalk goes Instagram or make Reels (TikTok-like videos).

Take a stand on our blog

Would you like to share your thoughts and insights on how students’ mental health and general well-being could be improved? Our blog Mielellä on väliä! (Mind matters) talks about everything related to students’ welfare, takes a stand on issues, and encourages further discussion. Check out our blog here.

Share your Story

Want to share a story about something that touches you personally? You can write a story about your thoughts and experiences in life. You can discuss, for example, what gives you joy or strength. You can also talk about how you have found ways to overcome challenges you’ve encountered as a student. By sharing your story, you can empower others and help others make realizations about their own lives. We publish these stories on our website and social media channels. To share your story, go here.

More information:


Linda Lindström, Specialist in Volunteer Activities
linda.lindstrom@nyyti.fi
+358 50 530 2449

We process applications once a month. In urgent matters, please contact our specialist directly. Please read our instructions and stipulations for volunteering before you sign up to be a Nyyti volunteer.

Other information:
English applications recieved during the spring 2022 are currently processed with a varying degree of delay. In urgent matters, please contact our specialist directly.

Nyyti’s volunteer activities are closed between July 4th – August 7th. Applications recieved during this time will be processed after August 7th.