Mahis – A Meeting Place Open for Everyone

The House of Opportunities for Mental Well-Being


At member association Mahis you can participate in group and peer support activities that help strengthen your mental and social well-being. You can join different groups and other activities, socialize with other people, take part in our events and trips or just drop in for a cup of coffee and read the days paper. The groups are divided in four categories: Life Skills, Creativity, Exercise and Strength in Peers. You can read the description of each category at the bottom of this page.


You can also eat with us affordably: breakfast (1,50 €) is served between 8.15–10 and lunch at 11.00. If you would like to have lunch, please let us know by 10 am. When you do a work assignment the cost will be 3 € (otherwise 5 €). Please notice that our breakfast and lunch is only for those, who participate in Mahis’ activities.


Taking part in the activities and groups is free of charge and you don’t need any referral. The members of Mahis receive a member letter about the different activities we organize (in Finnish and Swedish).


We also send a monthly newsletter (in Finnish).

Mahis offers you:


  • voluntary and free-of-charge activities
  • social interaction and peer support
  • recreation


Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8–15

Tuesday and Friday 8–14


The operation is financed by the city of Vaasa and STEA (Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations).


Service Manager (social rehabilitation)

Frida Nylund


+358 50 364 4640


Heidi Kauranen

+358 50 471 9628


Terhi Rajaniemi

+358 46 922 4084


Hanna Plosila

+358 50 476 2639


Heidi Rinne


Kitchen instructor/advisor

Sanna Ström

+358 50 471 9406


Läntinen Kasarmintori 6

65100 Vaasa, Finland

+358 50 441 8380 / cash register and signing up for lunch


Life Skills

The groups in this category help you strengthen skills needed in everyday life – therefore they are a perfect fit for social rehabilitation at a low threshold. Managing everyday life, interaction skills, participation and sense of capability are increased through theory and practice.


The goal of the category is to support creativity, enhance self-expression and support mental well-being.


In the groups of this category you have the chance to continue with a familiar sport, but also to try out new types of exercise. The goal is to support and encourage physical activity.

Strength in Peers

The category includes different peer support groups, discussion group, lectures and peer discussions. Peer support can offer great help in the rehabilitation process.