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Start of the educational project named “Mental Health” for UGCC priests

We will begin selection for the mental health priesthood curriculum. The program is implemented by the Ukrainian Social Academy and the UCU Faculty of Health Sciences.

Many clergymen experienced emotional stress as the pandemic dragged on, in part because of the complex needs it caused their parishioners. People often turn to the clergy for help with different spiritual and emotional issues, making them vulnerable. Some clergy have become so focused on their roles as leaders or guardians that they neglect their own needs, closing negative emotions behind a mental wall. Priests’ mental health affects not only them and their families, but also the people in the community who rely on them.

The goal of the program is to provide participants with modern knowledge, understanding and practical tools to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of people, to develop and develop services and prevention programs for mental health disorders, to promote leadership skills.

The program consists of two components:

1) Educational and practical school in the Center of St. Panteleimon ss. Of the Holy Family in Morshyn for priests of Chernivtsi, Stryj, Kamyanets-Podilsky Dioceses and Lutsk Exarchate. The School’s program is to build a holistic understanding of how inspiration, motivation, stress and happiness work not only at the level of brain biochemistry, but also a systematic approach to the nature of human behavior. Contains tools for self-care, one-on-one interaction, and organizational system strategies and interventions.

2) Counseling program support for those who are struggling with anxiety and other emotions due to the coronavirus crisis. As part of the online consultation, a team of experts will provide psychological and moral support to those suffering from anxiety and stress due to the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine.

Problems such as stress, depression, burnout, trauma, domestic violence and violence are exacerbated by the quarantine crisis, so the project is designed to accompany priests, monks, nuns and the faithful at this stage.

Participation in the course is free, the costs are covered by the Ukrainian Social Academy, in addition to travel.