Lapinlahden Lähde


Photos of Lapinlahti

Photos: Melissa Aalto

Essential information

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. 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.

Lapinlahden Lähde Ltd is nonprofit societal company. It’s misson is to enable mental health promoting activity in economicly sustainable means at the former psychiatric hospital of Lapinlahti. Lapinlahden Lähde Ltd has made rental contract with the city of Helsinki and pays rent of the spaces in use. Lapinlahden Lähde Ltd is a daughter company of Finnish Association for Mental Health. Lapinlahden Lähde Ltd has aproximately 70 tenants, that are operating in the field of art, culture or healt.

Pro Lapinlahti mental health association provides events, projects and volunteerwork for Lapinlahden Lähde.