Red Cross offers psychosocial support in Kuopio

Finnish Red Cross volunteers offer psychosocial support at a crisis point on Puijonkatu 9 to people shocked by a violent attack perpetrated at the Kuopio mall on Tuesday 1st October. Efforts to help people cope with their experience are continuing.

The Red Cross psychosocial support crisis point will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until Sunday. The crisis point operates at Puijonkatu 9. Volunteers trained in psychosocial support will talk with people shocked by Tuesday’s violence. If anyone requires more help, the volunteers will assist them to get further professional support.

The crisis point is open to everyone and provides psychosocial support both in Finnish and English.
Psychosocial support volunteers will also be available for discussions at Savo Vocational College on Thursday and Friday. The Red Cross provides support for the City of Kuopio’s social services.

The Red Cross guidelines for psychosocial support provide advice at getting through accidents and crisis situations.

For more information about the attack and the people involved, the City of Kuopio social services have provided a telephone hotline: 044 718 3930.

The youth chat line Sekasin is open on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until midnight.