PSYCHOLOGICAL PEER SUPPORT GROUPS WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN MYKOLAIV
Training of peer support groups for IDPs, the ATO/JFO participants, their relatives and family members of the deceased has been launched in Mykolaiv within the framework of the “Peer-to-peer” (“Rivnyi rivnomu”) project, which was supported by the Ministry for Reintegration for the funds of the World Bank.
At the first training, which took place on September 10, coordinators (moderators) of peer support groups were trained, the classes of leadership were taught, as well as subtleties of working with vulnerable groups of population were studied. Up to 40 persons have attended the event, including: military psychologists, combatants, their families, and the families of the deceased servicemen. The coordinator (moderator) of such a group can be a person who is similar to its participants. For example, in the group of war veterans, only a war veteran can be a coordinator, for the group of IDPs, only an IDP can be a coordinator, etc. Well-known military psychologist, an ATO/JFO veteran Andrii Kozinchuk is responsible for the training of coordinators.
The peer support groups are a new experience for Ukraine. People can gather a narrow circle of like-minded people, who have similar issues, and talk to each other. In such groups, the key rule is to forbid criticism or condemnation of the participants, everyone shares their concerns or listens to others. The experience of other countries shows the effectiveness of such activities for rehabilitation and mental recovery. For many people, attending such a group once a week can be the beginning of a solution to an existing issue.