Support and help for foreigners

MIELI Mental Health Finland provides crisis assistance and support in order to prevent mental health problems and suicides. The Crisis Helpline allows you to discuss your thoughts, feelings and situation in life with a crisis worker or a trained volunteer. The phone conversation can help you to look into the future and see beyond your current situation in life. The crisis helpline also provides instructions and advice in seeking further help.

Crisis Helpline in Arabic and English

call 09 2525 0113
on Mon, Tue at 11-15, Wed at 13-16 and 17-21. Thu at 10-15. 

Crisis Helpline in Finnish

call 09 2525 0111
open 24hrs everyday, including public holidays

Crisis Helpline in Swedish 

call 09 2525 0112
on Mon, Wed at 16-20, Tue, Thu and Fri at 9-13

SOS Crisis Centre

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.

We offer crisis counselling 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.

No referral is needed to book an appointment, 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

SOS Crisis Centre
Maistraatinportti 4A, 4th 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 organises rehabilitation courses for those who have experienced difficult crises in life. Stability training courses are for immigrants who come from difficult circumstances and who have experienced traumatic events. The aim of the course is to learn to control the symptoms of anxiety and feel better. The course consists of 8-10 group meetings. Interpreters are available.

Stability trainings are shorter courses about mental health and well-being. The trainings are organised together with 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.