The Finnish Psoriasis Association works to support people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in Finland and to promote their interests. Founded in 1975, the Finnish Psoriasis Association acts as the central organisation for 45 local psoriasis associations around the country and has a membership of over 13 000.
The Finnish Psoriasis Association has its central office in Helsinki. It also has five regional offices, which cooperate closely with the local associations. The regional offices are located in Helsinki, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu.
The Finnish Psoriasis Association provides the following services in cooperation with the local associations:
- training courses on the basics of psoriasis
- rehabilitation and guidance on treatment,
- phototherapy and climate therapy
- information material
The Finnish Psoriasis Association also works to inform the general public about psoriasis and to promote awareness and understanding towards people with psoriasis. It also gives advice and arranges training courses on psoriasis and its treatment. Acting as the interest group of people with psoriasis in Finland, the Finnish Psoriasis Association strives to promote access to effective therapies and to promote the interests of psoriasis patients in social security issues, including compensation policy for medications.
The Finnish Psoriasis Association supports the local associations in their activities. An important aspect of the local activities are support groups and support person networks. They help to connect psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients with each other to educate each other and share experiences. Additionally, the family members and friends of people with psoriasis are welcome to participate in the training activities. The local associations also operate sports groups and arrange other recreational activities for their members.
The Finnish Psoriasis Association has a separate section for the youth, called Nupso. It organises events dedicated to the youth. These include trips, camps and get-togethers. The aim of Nupso’s activities is to reach young people with psoriasis (under 30 years of age) and to bring them together, helping them to realise that they are not alone with the disease.
Rehabilitation centre Psoriasiskeskus
The Finnish Psoriasis Association owns a rehabilitation centre, Psoriasiskeskus, located at Fredrikinkatu in Helsinki. The rehabilitation centre provides training and rehabilitation services for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Please see separate page for details on course services.