One third of asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Finland under the age of 24 are severely traumatised or exhibit visible symptoms of trauma.
Yet only one third of these people receive proper treatment in Finland, according to a study by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute.
Nearly 1,000 children or youth in need of treatment arrive in the country annually. Only one in three receives psychiatric or psychotherapeutic treatment. The main problems are long waiting lists and a lack of professional skills at care facilities. Trauma may also go unnoticed as children are often unwilling to talk about difficult experiences.