Helsinki schoolchildren injured in bridge collapse during field trip

A bridge collapsed in Helsinki’s neighbouring city of Espoo, injuring dozens of people, most of them eighth-grade students from Helsinki’s Kalasatama Comprehensive School. The students and their teachers were in Espoo’s district of Tapiola on a school field trip. 
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Several teenaged children were injured in the morning of 11 May when a temporary bridge the students and their teachers was using to cross a construction site in the Tapiola district of Helsinki’s neighbouring city of Espoo collapsed. 27 minors and one teacher were injured to varying degrees in the incident. All of the people in need of hospital treatment were transported to four different HUS hospital network locations in the region: Meilahti Bridge Hospital, New Children’s Hospital, Jorvi Hospital and Peijas Hospital. 

The City of Helsinki has organised crisis support for the children and staff of the Kalasatama Comprehensive School, which is located in the Kalasatama district of the capital. The school’s social worker, nurse and psychologist are on hand at the school to support the students. 

Support for Helsinki residents at a time of crisis

Crisis emergency professionals advise and direct those in need to other support services, depending on the situation.

Children and adults react to shocking events differently; some have strong reactions, and others respond more mildly. Reacting to shocking events is normal, and feelings usually ease over time. Recovery typically progresses in waves, and your emotions will gradually become more manageable.

Parents are the best source of support and safety for their children. You can turn to Crisis Emergency Services if you need guidance on discussing shocking events with your child.

Crisis support for the relatives of those injured is available around the clock at tel. 09 3104 4222. Other people affected by the incident are encouraged to contact the MIELI Mental Health organisation’s 24/7 Crisis Helpline, if necessary, by calling tel. 09 2525 0111.