Lapinlahden Lähde

Lapinlahden Lähde

Centre for culture and well-being

Lapinlahden Lähde is based in the old Lapinlahti Mental Hospital Helsinki. It serves as a centre for mental well-being and cultural events open to the public every day.

It organises different events in connection with culture and welfare, seminars and gathering as well as providing space for a variety of different activities promoting mental well-being and culture. It maintains art exhibitions in Corridor Gallery in the main building and in Open-space -gallery in Venetsia-building on the shore side. Café Lähde in the main building is a lively meeting place that provides salty and sweet bites for those interested. The old sauna of Lapinlahden Lähde is heated regularly, and provides a steamy experience for those who enjoy sauna. Museum of the area’s history and mental treatments history, called Mental Museum, is located on the second floor of the main building.

In addition, there is the Lähteen Puoti shop in which visitors can make a selection from a variety of handicraft works. Or, walk into Patina very close by, another shop dealing in wholesale second-hand goods.

Events

Every week Lapinlahti organises various events, hosts lectures, seminars and discussions, as well as providing venues and possibilities to organise all kinds of activities that promote culture and well-being.  In fact, we have about 200 events in a year and 70 000 visitors. Visit our event calendar and Facebook page for more information on current events.

Everyone is welcome to be acquainted, participate and enjoy with us. Most of our events are free of charge.

Spaces available for hire

There are several beautiful rooms in use in Lapinlahti hospital that are all flooded with natural light through large windows. The spaces are splendidly suitable for workers’ training events, holding lectures and even for drama performances.

For holding events, one can place an order for breakfast, lunch and evening coffee from us, as well as guiding tour programme, such as mindfulness, yoga and different guidance in Lapinlahti Hospital and its surroundings. Guiding tours can be in relation to the history of the hospital, the hospital park, psychiatry or past patients of the Lapinlahti Hospital.

Information can be found in the Space for Rent -page and in contact form.

History of the Lapinlahti Hospital

The nearly 200-year old Lapinlahti hospital was built in 1841 on the orders of the Russian Czar as Finland’s first specialised psychiatric hospital. Famous names such as Alexis Kivi was treated in Lapinlahti and the brother of Jean Sibelius, Christian Sibelius worked as a senior medical doctor, and is an important personality in the history of psychiatric medicine in Finland.

Lapinlahti Lähde is deeply rooted in the history of the building, because the hospital is also the birthplace of the Finnish Mental Health Association.

The main building, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel served as a hospital until 2007, when the City of Helsinki decided that it had become too old and no longer suitable for its original purpose. The last inmates of the house were evacuated from the building in 2008 after the polyclinic for eating disorders was moved to the Psychiatric Centre of the Helsinki University Teaching Hospital, the former Hesperia Hospital.

Now, Lapinlahden Lähde has begun to function on the same site as a centre for mental well-being and different kinds of events open to the public. It stems from the initiative of Pro Lapinlahti mental health association, and Finnish Mental Health Association, and aimed at preserving the old hospital building as the guardian of mental health and welfare. The north wing of the hospital block within the neighbourhood is occupied by Osuuskunta Lapinlahden Tilajakamo, the Lapinlahden Lähde Co-operative.

Pro Lapinlahti mental health association provides events, projects and volunteerwork for Lapinlahden Lähde. The current projects of Pro Lapinlahti mental health association are:

  • We Pop Up: Project offers possibilities to join in for volunteerwork by taking part in organising culture and nature themed events.
  • Miitti: Project promotes the immigrants integration and meeting with finish inhabitants, by learning, smiling and co-operation.
  • Kaupunkiluontokeskus is a center for city-nature surroundings and it offers variety of nature themed activity.

Essential values of Lapinlahden Lähde:

  • Openess, communality and compilicity: Lapinlahden Lähde is open for all its visitors. Everybody are welcome to take part in events and workshops. We contribute in preventing desolation and decreasing social exclution.
  • Mental well-being: Lapinlahden Lähde organizes refresing and relaxing services and events. Most of the events are free of charge.
  • The positive influence of nature and culture: We organize talks, writer meetings, concerts, and nature events for the public.

Lapinlahden Lähde organizes yearly nearly 200 events with 70 000 visitors.