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Factsheet for measure EE-2022-13/2317 – Updated – measures in Estonia
|Country||Estonia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 22 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
|Author||Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||18 May 2022 (updated 20 September 2022)|
The Volunteer Network of Pastors was convened by the Mental Health Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs to support War Refugees in Ukraine in accommodation centres. The voluntary network consists of 70 pastors, chaplains and clergymen from different member churches and congregations of the Estonian Council of Churches, whose qualifications correspond to the profession of pastor or chaplain and who are fluent in Estonian, Russian and English at the level of communication.
The Ministry of Education and Research together with the Estonian Association of School Psychologists opened a school psychologists phone line in 2021, which in light of the Ukrainian war includes Ukrainian-speaking psychologists.
In addition to psychosocial crisis assistance provided by the Social Insurance Board, the Ukrainian refugees have the possibility to talk to chaplains and pastors in the accommodation centres. They provide a special kind of mental health service - it is not a psychological help or treatment, rather they provide empathetic communication, spiritual support, listening, relieving emotional distress, empowering coping, finding strength and hope for further living.
School children, parents and education employees have the possibility to receive psychological assistance from Ukrainian-speaking school psychologists via special free-of-charge phone line. It is opened once a week at evening for 4 hours.
No information available.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Psychological assistance for Ukrainian refugees, measure EE-2022-13/2317 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EE-2022-13_2317.html
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