Help for mental health problems
Health centres and emergency services provide help for mood disorders and mental health problems.
Crises and mood swings are part of life, but if you or someone close to you has been feeling low for a long time, the symptoms severely disrupt life or they may be a sign of an illness, you should seek help. Such symptoms include long-term anxiety, tension, fear, depression, hopelessness, poor concentration, extreme exhaustion, severe stress, prolonged sleeplessness, hyperactivity or eating disorders.
Seek help also if you feel that your sense of reality is faltering or it is happening to someone close to you.
You can take tests intended for assessing your mental health online, for example, on the Mentalhub.fi website. The results are indicative, but the actual diagnosis can only be made by healthcare professionals. With the help of the web questionnaires, you can find out if there is any reason to suspect a disorder such as an anxiety, depressive, obsessive compulsive, panic or eating disorder.
You can also take a web questionnaire to find out about a fear of social situations. Older people can take a questionnaire that helps to recognise symptoms of depression in older age.
In urgent or life-threatening situations, call the emergency number 112. In other cases, contact your local health centre, crisis emergency services, your occupational healthcare or, if necessary outside office hours, the hospital emergency services.
If the person needing help is a child or a young person, contact the child welfare clinic or school healthcare. Students should contact student welfare services.
In connection with a divorce, the death of a person close to you or some other similar crisis in your life, you can receive help from the health centre and also from your local social services.
Private doctors, psychiatrists and psychotherapists can also help.
You can ring call the national crisis helpline of the Finnish Association for Mental Health and ask for advice.
FinFami – Finnish Central Association of Families of People with mental illness has 18 local member associations that offer information and support to help families cope with the situation.
Yes. A family member or a friend of the person who needs help can also contact the health centre, crisis emergency services or hospital emergency services.
You will receive first aid and urgent care immediately. In non-urgent cases, the need for care must be assessed within three working days. In non-urgent cases, you must receive care in a health centre within three months.
In non-urgent cases, you must receive psychiatric specialist medical care within six months. The need for specialist medical care of children and persons under 23 must be assessed within six weeks of the referral. The care should start within three months from when the need for care was diagnosed.
When you have been using mental health services regularly for three months, you can apply to Kela for rehabilitative psychotherapy. You will need a psychiatrist's opinion on your need for therapy.
Kela's rehabilitative psychotherapy is meant for people between the ages of 16 and 67. It can be individual, group, family or couples psychotherapy. Music therapy or visual art therapy can also be offered to people between the ages of 16 and 25. Therapy for young people may include parental guidance visits.
Kela reimburses for psychotherapy if the person's ability to work or study is threatened by the illness and the person can be supported with the therapy. The support period can last from one to three years.
Kela's reimbursement covers a major part of the rehabilitative psychotherapy. If necessary, the client can apply to Kela for other support to cover the copayment.