Support and help for foreigners

The Finnish Association for Mental Health provides crises assistance and support in order to prevent mental health problems and suicides.

SOS Crisis Centre offers short term crisis counselling and guidance in crisis situations for anyone living in Finland including immigrants, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking and undocumented immigrants.

Crisis counselling is made in Finnish, Swedish, English and if necessary through an interpreter in the client’s mother tongue. Counselling is cost free and it’s possible to make the contact anonymous.

In order to make an appointment a referral is not needed, only the own experience of crisis is enough. Common reasons for the client to seek help from the SOS center:

  • Difficult situation in life
  • Difficulties adapting to a new culture
  • Marital relationship problems and family problems
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sudden losses
  • Accidents, violence
  • Mental health problems

Crisis service for foreigners / For appointments call

(09) 4135 0510

Open on Mon-Thu 9- 12 and 13-15, on Fri 9-12

Crisis helpline in arabic
call 040 195 8202
on Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri  at 11.00– 15.00 and Wed at 18.00– 22.00

Maistraatinportti 4 A , 4. floor
00240 Helsinki
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Further information online

Information about crises and mental health problems in russian, somali, kurdish-soran ja arabic. is a website about mental health. There is an online guide for immigrants with information, exercises and instructions about mental health, immigration process and well-being. Information can be found in Finnish, English, Russian, Arabic, Kurdish-sorani and Somali.

Rehabilitation courses for immigrants

The SOS Crisis Centre organizes rehabilitation courses for those who have experienced difficult life crises. Stability training courses are for immigrants who come from difficult circumstances and who have experienced traumatic events. The aim of the course is learn to control the symptoms of anxiety and feel better. The course will be held in different languages via interpreter and there will be 8-10 group meetings.

Stability training infos are shorter infos about mentalh health and well-being. The stability training infos are organized together with co-operation partners like immigration services and schools.

Victim support Finland

Gives advice and support for victims of crime, witnesses and their family and friends.

Capital area service phone number is 09-41350550.