Becoming ill is naturally followed by mood changes, concern for other people and sorrow. Discuss boldly your need for support – your health care personnel are there for you.
Getting things off your chest often helps. The hospital chaplain, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and psychotherapists working in the FICAN West region are a part of the multiprofessional team that treats and attends to the needs of cancer patients. Your treating doctor can provide you with a referral and with contact information on where to get support services.
The organization Mental Health Finland runs a national crisis help line at number 010 195 2202. This number provides immediate support to persons in crisis, their friends and family.
You may find relief in talking with persons who have experiences the same as you. The Cancer Society of Finland and the local cancer organizations help your on getting the mental support you need with a recent cancer diagnosis. They know also about the rehabilitation you would benefit from.
You may find tools for self-assessment of your condition and for service guidance under the Health Village portal (in Finnish).