Support and activities online at Youth Shelters

Support and activities online

Photo: Joonas Brandt / Suomen Punainen Risti

Red Cross Youth Shelters offer online support and advice to young people regardless of place of residence. You can find more information on discussion help themes, peer activities and other forms of support below. 

Support and activities online

The Sekasin chat is a national Finnish-language discussion platform for people aged 12–29. The Sekasin chat allows you to discuss questions and topics weighing on your mind anonymously and confidentially. The chat’s on-call workers consist of professionals and trained volunteers from organisations. We care about you and your concerns. 

The Sekasin chat is open every day of the year, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 12 midnight and Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 pm to 12 midnight. It is unfortunately not possible to queue on the line after closing time, and we cannot take on new customers after 12 midnight. You can start queueing again when the chat opens. 

The Sekasin chat is coordinated by MIELI Mental Health Finland, the Finnish Red Cross, the Finnish Federation of Settlement Houses and SOS Children’s Villages.

Click here to access the Sekasin chat

We offer free-of-charge, short-term discussion help to young people, families and immediate communities. We will offer help with family and other close relationships and challenges related to daily life. Parents also receive support in matters concerning parenting. We can meet the young person alone or together with their loved ones. Depending on the need, 1–10 meetings can be arranged. 

Book your appointment here.

            

In the Eteenpäin project, we help young adults aged 18–25 in starting their independent life and moving into their own home. We offer support and advice for young people who are worried about coping independently, moving into their own home, taking care of their finances and organising their own affairs. We help strengthen independent life skills and find more help.

Depending on the need, we can arrange 1–10 meetings. If needed, we will seek further help for the young person’s situation together. Meetings can be attended alone, with family members or another member of the immediate community.

Book your appointment for support in becoming independent here.

      

In the Eteenpäin project, we offer sexual health guidance to young people aged 18–25. Any questions or issues with sexuality can be discussed during the meetings. You can visit sexual health guidance 1–5 times. You can talk about anything in sexual health guidance, and many situations can be resolved through discussion. If necessary, we will work together to find further help. 

You can discuss e.g. the following themes in sexual health guidance: 

  • sexual orientation and gender diversity 
  • relationships, dating and your own boundaries 
  • questions related to the body, sex or contraception 
  • sex and your own preferences. 

Meetings can be attended alone or with a partner or another member of the immediate community. 

Book an appointment with sexual health guidance here.

Would you like to impact matters important to you, but do not know how? Come and join the Digiraati online discussion!

Digiraati panels are guided, anonymous and safe online discussions on matters in young people’s lives.

You can also participate in Digiraati activities as a volunteer.

Learn more about Digiraati activities and participate here.

Olkkari is a meeting place for young people on the Discord platform, open from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Volunteers in Olkkari talk to visitors.

You can talk about everyday things, or questions concerning growing up. Olohuone also serves as an event venue for shared online gaming sessions and crafts, for example. Additionally, experts from various fields visit once a month to talk about their work.

You can access the FRC Youth Shelter Olkkari Discord here.

Loneliness  is destructive to human well-being. Each of us needs the company of another person, and even a single positive relationship can stop the cycle of loneliness.

The Finnish Red Cross offers friends where they are needed. The trained volunteer friends from our friend activities bring joy to the everyday lives of lonely people. First and foremost, the volunteer friend is a listener and someone to talk to.

You can make a new friend through the Red Cross or look for an online friend for your loved one. The friends get together and spend time in a manner that suits them, including online. 

With a reliable  online friend , you can have anonymous one-to-one discussions online using email messages or chat applications. An online friendship is independent of time and place.

You can make a new friend by looking for a Red Cross online friend here.

Are you a professional in the field and interested in the Youth Shelter activities? Read more on the “Information for professionals” page here.

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We can support you with a variety of worries by means of discussion, both face-to-face and via video. Let’s find the solution to your situation together!
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We can help you take steps on your path to becoming independent. The individual path to independence is planned according to the needs of the young person in question.
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Discussions with Red Cross online friends are anonymous, making sharing your joys and sorrows easier.