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Have you been subjected to violence or assault? What can the Sámi Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Mental Health and Substance Use (SANKS) offer?

Have you been subjected to violence, rape or other forms of sexual assault and need help to work through what you have experienced? SANKS is a competency service that helps the Sami population receive an equal service within mental health and substance abuse.

The service forms part of the specialist health service within the field of mental health at Finnmark Hospital.

There are many ways in which to react following violence or assault. Some people may benefit from talking to a therapist, others also require admission to a psychiatric unit for a while. A GP, psychologist or dentist can, in consultation, assess whether you need such help and refer you if they feel this is necessary. Ask whether those referring you understand that you require a therapist with knowledge of violence and traumas.

SANKS is a competency service that helps the Sami population receive an equal service within mental health and substance abuse.

To receive treatment at SANKS or from a psychologist or psychiatrist who has an operating subsidy (contract specialists), you will require a referral. There are also a number of private psychologists and psychiatrists who practice without an operating subsidy. In such cases you usually do not require a referral but the service will often be more expensive than treatment at SANKS or a psychologist/psychiatrist who has an operating subsidy.

The staff have a duty of confidentiality and are therefore not allowed to share any information about you with others without your consent, or if there is a risk to life and health. An interpreter can be offered, when necessary.

The waiting time for treatment varies depending on where you are in the country. If the service where you live is not adequate, you can be offered help at another treatment centre.


SANKS’ website (Norwegian only)

Mental health care