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Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
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Patricia Loncle, Gerrit Jackson, and Virginie Muniglia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.001.0001

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Young people and mental health: when ICT becomes a tool of participation in public health in Finland

Young people and mental health: when ICT becomes a tool of participation in public health in Finland

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(p.173) ELEVEN Young people and mental health: when ICT becomes a tool of participation in public health in Finland
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Youth participation in Europe
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Granholm Camilla

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.003.0011

This chapter gives an insight in how participation through ICT and particularly the Internet can and is used for maintaining and promoting mental well-being by young people in Finland. The focus is on university students; they are a group of young people that has been socialized into using this new technology since the early days of the Internet. The article presents some changes in the way people seek help, participate, interact, build relationships and collaborate in health related issues. Although the Internet has unlimited opportunities to offer, there still are a number of people who for one reason or another cannot be part of the virtual society, and take advantage of the services provided. It is important that alongside the virtual services we also keep developing face to face and trans-boundary services that enable people to act freely in choosing the arena that best suits their situation.

Keywords:   Internet, university students, mental well-being, online discussion groups

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