In this section, you can find information on phone & web counselling, counselling & mediation services, peer support groups, and mental health.
Going through a divorce can be very difficult, especially when you are far away from your family and friends. You might find it difficult to talk about your feelings, or feel misunderstood and alone in your current situation. Maybe you also worry about your future or that of your children, or you feel overwhelmed with the new situation.
It often helps to talk about your worries and thoughts with people who have gone through the same, or with professionals who can help you get back on track. Below, you can find a list of different support and counselling services.
Phone and web counselling
Many associations offer counselling services and emotional support online or by phone. These services are very discrete and preserve your anonymity, and you can arrange them quite flexibly around your own time schedule.
Counselling and family mediation services
Counselling services are suitable for both individual people and couples or families. Other than professional therapy sessions, counselling is often free of charge. The social welfare services of your home municipality are, for example, required by law to provide free family mediation. You can also ask for counselling services at the public health centers (terveyskeskus). If you are worried about the mental well-being of your child, you can contact the school psychologist at their school or the child welfare supervisor of your municipality.
Peer support groups
Peer support groups (vertaistukiryhmät) provide the possibility to meet and talk with people who are in the same situation as you. You might find new perspectives, good advice, or just an open ear.
Mental health and psychological help
If you feel that you need professional help, it is good to contact an expert as early as possible. Psychological help is available both from public and private health care centers. Therapy sessions are usually charged.
“Once you're a foreigner and you're getting out of your own home, and away from your spouse - for whom you probably came here - it's very tough. You see yourself alone. It's not so easy to find all this information all of the sudden. Sometimes you just have a month, and that's it.”