"People are harder than rock and more fragile than roses."
Many issues can put a person’s mental health into a test. In difficult situations sorrow can manifest itself as psychological and physical symptoms; friendships are neglected, personal welfare and hygiene are overlooked, hobbies are abandoned and a person does not show interest towards the things they have been interested in before.
Where to Get Help?
Help for mental health problems is available at your local Social and Health Authorities. Ask for more information at your health centre or social services office.
The SOS center, crisis services for foreigners (SOS-keskus / Ulkomaalaisten kriisipalvelu) helps immigrants living in Finland and their families. A Finnish identity card or KELA card is not necessary for becoming a customer of crisis services. Service is provided in Finnish, English, Swedish or in the customer's native tongue through an interpreter.
Tel: (09) 413 50501 Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Centre for Torture Survivors in Finland (Kidutettujen Kuntoutuskeskus) offers help for refugees and asylum seekers who have been subject to torture in their country of origin.
Tel. (09) 7750 4584
In Oulu, the Deaconesses' Institution Foundation organises rehabilitation services for victims of torture.
If a loved one falls ill, support and advice will be available from the local branch of the National Family Association promoting Mental Health in Finland (Omaiset mielenterveystyön tukena -järjestö).
More information is available online:
Information on mental health and on what to do in difficult situations.
Support centre for students.
Support for parents.
An online crisis centre.
Information on mental health and different crises situations, such as depression, panic disorder, eating disorders and how to get through upsetting life situations. Choose the heading "Health Information" and then "Mental Health".
Depression can take over when a person for instance faces difficulties or suffers from anxiety for a long period of time. Depressed people find it difficult to enjoy almost anything and help should always be sought for the condition.
Information on depression in various languages:
Information on post-traumatic stress disorder in the following languages: