Public stressed by coronavirus measures can turn to free help lines

The University of Athens and the Eginitio Hospital’s 1st Psychiatric Clinic on Tuesday announced the availability of both a telephone line and several Skype accounts for citizens who feel stressed from the unfolding coronavirus pandemic and the restrictive measures imposed by authorities.

Support is provided for people with pathological stress, fear, panic or anxiety and is provided by psychiatrists and psychologists who either staff or collaborate with the two institutions.
The telephone helpline 210 7297 957 is available Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00.
On Saturdays and Sundays, consultations are available on 210 7289 240 from 10:00 to 16:00.

The video conferencing service will be available by logging onto Skype with one’s personal account and connecting with one of the following contacts: Aiginitio1, Aiginitio2, Aiginitio3, Aiginitio4, Aiginitio5. The accounts are separate to allow for increased demand, and help is available through them from 09:00 to 19:00.

The telephone helpline is coordinated by Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Community Mental Health Center Marina Economou and Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Psychotherapy Center Yiannis Zervas.
The video conferencing Skype accounts are coordinated by Clinical Psychiatrist Dr. Konstantinos Kontangelos and his associate psychologist Dr. Theodora Skalis.

Coronavirus helpline set up by Attica region gets 5,000 calls in two days

A coronavirus helpline set up by the Region of Attica and the Greek Medical Association received a total of 5,000 calls since Monday, when it began operation.

The helpline is staffed by volunteers who are doctors, psychologists and social workers.
A 63 percent of calls related to directions about the coronavirus epidemic, 8 pct to psychological support, and 7 pct were looking for information on social intervention issues.
Of the callers, 63 pct were women and 86 pct called from the Attica prefecture. Another 3 pct called from Thessaloniki.

Attica Region governor and Association president George Patoulis thanked the volunteers and said the helpline was meant to “help cover information needs and correct possible mistakes due to the speed of developments.”