The act of violence that took place at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio this Tuesday (1 Oct 2019) will have a long-lasting effect on our community and society. On behalf of all those promoting student well-being at UEF, we’d like to remind our students that no one should feel left alone with what they are going through.
It is normal to have different kinds of emotions, thoughts and bodily feelings after a sudden and shocking event. People have their own, unique ways of reacting to things. It is important to understand that your reactions or those of others may be strong even if you were physically safe at the time. The thought of what could have happened is enough to stir emotions. The act of violence can also bring up thoughts and memories, which ought to be addressed as they come to mind. Typically, our body becomes more sensitive to pick up “signs of danger” in our surroundings, and this can lead to fear and concern. That’s when it’s important to remind ourselves of the people and things that create a sense of security in our own lives. Often, talking about things helps to structure them. It is a good idea to take care of yourself also otherwise, for example by sticking to your everyday routines.
Below this post you can find a link to instances that offer support in Kuopio and in Joensuu, as well as the contact details of the nationwide crisis helpline. Following the attack-related news in moderation and finding out about normal reactions to a crisis can also help to understand what you and those around you are going through in a situation of crisis.
Let’s take care of each other and all members of our community!
Educational Psychologists Katri Ruth and Mari Tirronen
Acute crisis support relating to the attack in Savo Vocational College:
The City of Kuopio’s Social Security Department has opened an emergency number on +358 44 718 3930 relating to the attack. This number is intended for calls relating to the Savo Vocational College attack only (no text messages).
Other sources of help and support: