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Youth Centre

Youth centre provides help, advice and support with the following:
• Mental health issues (such as depression or anxiety)
• Substance abuse
• Video game addiction
• Gender dysphoria
• Personal crises
• Dysfunctional family dynamics
• Parenthood

Youth centre is staffed by social workers and health care professionals. They provide help and counselling either face to face or remotely. Face-to-face appointments usually take place at the youth centre. Remote consultations take place via a video link or over the phone. You can invite your family and other loved ones to attend your appointments with you, or they can ask to see someone on their own for support. We also provide parenting advice and one-on-one counselling for parents.

How does it work?

To get in contact with your local youth centre call us. We welcome calls from adolescents themselves, as well as from their parents and other loved ones. Alternatively, you can leave a message on our answerphone. The helpline is open between 8 am and 8 pm from Monday to Friday. We will contact you between 8 am and 4 pm within three business days after receiving your message.

Who is it for?

The service is designed for young people aged between 13 and 17 years who live or are studying in Central Uusimaa. You can also contact us about a loved one. Youth centres provide mental health and substance abuse services for adolescents aged between 13 and 17 years and help to resolve parenting issues and conflicts within families. Please note that youth centres are not equipped to carry out neuropsychiatric examinations. You can also contact us if you just need advice and guidance.

The services available at youth centres are provided on a voluntary basis and free of charge. Your rights are protected under the Finnish Act on the Status and Rights of Patients and the Finnish Act on the Status and Rights of Social Welfare Clients. Our staff are bound by professional secrecy and all conversations are confidential. The aim is to understand your concerns and needs, and work towards goals that you identify for yourself. Youth centres can also arrange for you to see a doctor.