The aim of the Mirakle project is to promote mental wellbeing in later life and to develop activities and materials that support mental health. Activities and materials are co-created together with the older people. Mental health is an integral part of older people´s health, that is, the mental, physical, spiritual and social wellbeing of an individual. Mirakle focuses on the existing mental health skills of older people as well as on promotion and early support, particularly during transition phases in later life.
Mirakle is interested in how older people themselves see and conceptualize their situation and circumstances. Instead of concentrating on problems or losses, the focus is on strengths and competences that people possess: older people are independent, capable citizens.
Mirakle works and develops services in close cooperation with three other NGO´s: the Pensioners’ Union, the Central Association of Finnish Pensioners and the Union for Senior Services. Mirakle will collect – both independently and in cooperation with these NGO´s – the experiential knowledge of older people about the characteristics of their mental wellbeing. The aim is also to improve the facilities of NGO´s to give help and support to people in later life crises. Cooperation is evaluated by an outside evaluator who will also document the model of cooperation.
Together with older people, Mirakle customizes activities and services that promote mental health in later life. The service models to be developed include various peer groups reinforcing mental wellbeing and crisis services provided by different NGO´s. In addition, the project produces self-help and other materials that increase knowledge and skills of both older citizens and professionals.
The project is funded by the Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY) and it is part of RAY’s Active Age - Never mind the years programme, coordinated by the Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged.