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Hilkka Karkkainen

Hilkka Karkkainen (Finland) is the President of the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN - Europe), a patient-driven pan-European organization, represents the interests of persons affected by mental illness. A social worker by profession and expert by experience, Mrs Karkkainen suffered reactive depression in 2002.  She has worked both for the City of Helsinki and the City of Espoo in Child Welfare for many years.  She was from 1998 until 2002 Executive Director of Finnish Central Association for Mental Health, which is the biggest Mental Health Patients’ organization in Europe with about 18 000 individual members.