Whatever problems you may experience, parishes are there to support you. All consultations with a pastor or diaconal worker are strictly confidential and free of charge.

Diaconal workers offer:

  • discussion
  • financial advice and material assistance
  • help in dealing with the authorities and form filling
  • family and relationship counselling
  • emotional support
  • addiction counselling

Pastors offer:

  • discussion
  • spiritual and emotional support
  • pastoral care
  • family and relationship counselling
  • confession

Contact a diaconal worker ("diakoniatyöntekijä") or pastor in your local parish for more information. You can usually find someone who speaks English.

Family counselling is offered by most parishes, and by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute (Helsingin Diakonissalaitos). If your parish doesn't offer family counselling, they can refer you to one that does.

Adjusting to life in a new country isn't always easy. You may wish to avail of the anonymity afforded by the "priest on the web" service offered by the Finnish Seamen's Mission, which offers help in English, Swedish and German. 

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