Finland: Children’s Helpline fields calls about parental alcohol abuse over Easter holiday

Volunteers from the MLL charity’s Helpline service say many children phoned or sent messages about their parents’ excessive alcohol use over the four-day Easter weekend in Finland.

Parental alcohol use was a topic of concern for several children this Easter weekend, according to the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL), Finland’s largest child welfare NGO.

Among its many services, MLL runs a free Helpline service that young people can access by phone, internet or a chat provider from 5 pm to 8 pm. The help line provides children with counselling in whatever might be bothering them. Volunteers offer empathy, assistance and advice.

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