On Friday, the first professional suicide prevention and psychological support service, Lifeline Ukraine, will be launched in Ukraine. The hotline will operate around the clock at 7333. In the first phase, the project will focus on veterans of the Donbas war.

“It is a peer-to-peer structure based on international best practices. Most teams will be veterans. In total, it will employ about 40 professionals, and now we are continuing our selection,” Paul Nyland, founder of Lifeline Ukraine, said.

Lifeline Ukraine is part of the Eastern Europe Foundation’s All4One project. The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Ukraine also provides financial support, not monetary (services, secure mobile lines, premises) – several private companies.

“The project is non-governmental but it will be created and coordinated in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. Acting the Minister of Health of Ukraine Ulana Suprun was the initiator of the idea to create such a hotline in Ukraine, after familiarity with the Australian experience,” the message reads.

“From our country’s experience, we understand the importance of psychological support for veterans, so we are pleased to extend our assistance to Ukraine in this area. This project will fill in the missing link – this is the first place a veteran can go to if he or she has no one else to talk to. It is very important that this is support from equals, from former brothers – the veteran will understand the veteran best, in addition to his professional training,” Helen Fezie, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Ukraine said.

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