If you are a student in Finland, you may have access to mental health services through your school, university or training institute. There are also other services provided by charity organisations.
Student mental health services
If you are a student in Finland, you may have access to mental health services through your university or training institute. Your school, polytechnic/technical school or university will also most likely offer some mental health help.
At polytechnic/technical school this would be with student wellbeing services.
At university in Finland this would likely be with a branch of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS in Finnish). Unfortunately, since 2021 this service is no longer available to international students.
If you are an international student and need help, the association Nyyti works to promote student mental health and can be found here: https://www.nyyti.fi/en/
At school this would be with the school psychologist or “kurattori/ koulukurattori”/social worker. It is required by law that there are psychology services provided to school children in Finland.
Youth mental health services
Yeesi is a peer support group for people aged 13 to 30 years old. An English language team started in 2021 and offers free peer support for mental health issues and activities to reduce loneliness. They have a Facebook page and a website in English: https://www.yeesi.fi/in-english/
HelsinkiMissio has a Youth Crisis Point that offers free counselling in English for people aged 12 to 29 years of age: Counselling and crisis help for young people | HelsinkiMissio
You can book a 30 minute crisis phone call in English here: https://vello.fi/helsinkimissio/ They also offer other services, such as a drop-in point in the city called Alberts’ Living Room at Albertinkatu 33 for families.