Become a volunteer

Become a volunteer

Become a volunteer

As a Nyyti volunteer, you get to contribute to the mental well-being of your student peers. There are many ways to participate in our activities, and you can do it based on your own interests and schedule. Even the smallest of contributions are invaluable!  Your thoughts and experiences are an important source of knowledge and support for us and to other students. Join us in creating the kind of student culture where mental health and compassion matter!

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

Sign up to be a Nyyti volunteer here.

Volunteer assignments

We have listed our current volunteer assignments below so that you get to choose the most comfortable way for you to participate and contribute to the well – being of your students peers. If you can’t find anything to your liking down below, or you might have an idea of your own that you’d like to do, we are always open for suggestions!


Become a peer counselor for our 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 views 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. you go on an exchange). Each chat is usually done by two volunteers, or a volunteer and a Nyyti employee. Chat counselors receive training before starting their work, and have continuous check- ups with Nyyti’s employees while active.


Become a peer counselor for online group activities

In 2020, Nyyti will expand its online services. These include both online forums with written communication, and web-based live meetups. All volunteers receive training before starting.


Open online forums (fin)

Our open online forums are a place to talk and write about things peacefully without any time constraints. Anyone can read what’s being said without having to register, but to be able to post you need to register to the Hyvä kysymys – website below. Only participants’ usernames are displayed in the written discussions, so everyone remains anonymous at all times. The forums have different themes, including loneliness and study support.  The groups are regularly monitored by Nyyti’s volunteers and employees.

Learn more about the groups on the Hyvä kysymys service website.


Peer support through online meetups

Coming in the Fall of 2020:

Our online meetups provide a perfect opportunity to catch a break in your daily life and to focus on yourself and your well-being.  Nyyti’s weekly open group sessions are open to all students, and have no long – term commitment or registration requirements: show up when you feel like it!  These sessions are organized once a week through an online platform (yet to be decided) with a video connection, and last about an hour each time. Each session is centered around different topics and also usually include different mindfulness or management exercises, e.g. to relax and manage stress, map out your mental resources, clarify your goals, learn more about time management or to improve your study skills. The meetups are led by trained volunteers.

If you would be interested in having or leading an online meetup in English, let our Digital Coordinator know!


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. 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.


Make a video

You can share your thoughts and views in a video on our channels! You can craft a video clip alone or in a group — maybe with your classmates or other volunteers. Choose a style and form that suits you best, and it’s always a positive thing to get creative with a video. We publish videos continuously on our website and social media channels, e.g. YouTube. Learn more about it here (in Finnish).


For more information, contact our Digital Coordinator Linda Lindström, +358 50 530 2449.


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.


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 Mielellä on väliä! blog talks about everything related to students’ welfare, takes a stand on issues, and encourages further discussion. Check out our blog here.


For more information, contact Development Director Sofia Lindqvist, +358 50 349 9294.


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