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Responsible for the service Siun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services

Mental health and substance abuse services

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Mental health and substance abuse services support independent everyday life and interactions with others. Problems can be triggered by a variety of factors. Do not hesitate to contact us!

Mental health and substance abuse services’ open care at health stations

Every health station provides non-urgent mental health and substance abuse services for adults as well as substance abuse services for those under the age of 18. The treatment is free of charge.

Your treatment will involve a nurse, doctor and psychologist. Your situation will mainly be assessed at an appointment with a nurse, and your treatment will also mainly take place at nurse's appointments. Doctor's appointments are agreed with the nurse.

You can see a nurse or psychologist by making an appointment. Make an appointment by calling the care coordinator.

Psychiatric care in specialised medical care

Psychiatric treatment may be required with issues such as psychosis, severe mood disorder, neuropsychiatric disorder or eating disorder.

Psychiatric services include child psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.

You will need a doctor's referral to psychiatric services and hospital care, except for intensified open care which you can call directly.

The Siun sote psychiatric clinic and psychiatric hospital are located in the North Karelia Central Hospital in connection with other hospital services. The hospital provides 24-hour psychiatric examination, treatment and rehabilitation. The psychiatric outpatient clinics are open on weekdays 8:00–16:00.

Psychiatric emergency and crises

With urgent mental health issues and in various crisis situations, you can call the intensified psychiatric open care 24 hours a day.

Staff members of the intensified open care make home visits if necessary.

Do the following

In non-urgent cases

Call the mental health and substance abuse services’ care coordinators. Advice and appointments for mental health and substance abuse services during office hours.

In urgent matters

Call the intensified open care. Open 24 hours a day.

Background information

Mental health services are operations that aim at preventing, relieving, and treating mental health disorders and their consequences. Mental health services also include preventive work, and they improve residential living conditions to support mental health.

In practice, mental health services are guidance, counselling, and psychosocial support for those who need it. Mental health services also include research, treatment and rehabilitation of mental health disorders.

Municipalities must organise mental health services through, for example, health centres and social services. Hospital districts, congregations, organisations, and private sector service producers also provide mental health services. The work of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, such as depression nurses, and practical mental nurses promotes psychological well-being and functional capacity. The care of psychological illnesses can either be non-institutional or institutional, depending on the case.

Basic information

The service is provided bySiun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services
Responsible for the serviceSiun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services
Area Heinävesi, Ilomantsi, Joensuu, Juuka, Kitee, Kontiolahti, Lieksa, Liperi, Nurmes, Outokumpu, Polvijärvi, Rääkkylä, Tohmajärvi
Available languagesFinnish, English
Text edited by: Siun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services
Updated: 9/10/2020