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Monday's papers: Ukrainian school, fake news and anxious times

Media outlets explore how current events are impacting mental wellbeing.

Ukrainian kids in class at Kodjala village school, north of Turku, this spring. Image: Lassi Lähteenmäki / Yle

The city of Jyväskylä has decided to channel Ukrainian children into a single school next semester, according to regional newspaper Keskisuomalainen (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

This coming fall some 150 Ukrainian kids between the ages of 6 and 16 will begin receiving instruction at the Voionmaa school in the city.

Officials said the growing number of Ukrainian refugees meant that it was increasingly difficult to integrate new arrivals into regular classrooms.

Russian propaganda?

Arabic-language posts on social media are stirring up fear among some foreign groups in Finland, according to Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

The paper found that some Arabic-language news sites as well as channels on TikTok, YouTube and Facebook suggested that Russia was close to attacking Finland over its Nato bid.

Reacting to the messaging, Social Democrat MP Hussein al-Taee took to Twitter earlier this month denouncing the fear mongering as Russian propaganda, HS reports.

Anxious youth

Benefits agency Kela says mental health problems were the most common cause of sick leave last year.

Among mental health issues, anxiety disorders saw the biggest jump, reports Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun). Anxiety has especially risen among young women, whose sick days due the disorder are five times higher than in 2005.

Mental health NGO Mieli told HBL that three crises are impacting mental wellbeing at the moment: climate change, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

A study last year found that more than half of all disability pensions in Finland are granted due to mental health disorders.

Tax deadline

Tuesday is the final due date for adding any missing income or deductions to pre-completed tax returns for 2021.

The deadline applies to some 1.6 million people in Finland, according to business daily Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

"We get a lot of information automatically but it's everyone's own responsibility to check that what we've marked down is correct," Raisa Vanhala of the Tax Administration told KL, adding that a number of deductions were available to taxpayers this year, including a home office deduction for remote workers.