Watch: New free counselling service to be offered to the community

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Posted by MaltaGov on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity Michael Falzon announced that a new counselling service will be offered to those in need in view of the coronavirus situation.

Minister Falzon said that a number of hours will be provided by professional counsellors to the community who are facing difficulties including mental health challenges.

This service will be provided in collaboration with the Foundation of Social Welfare Services (FSWS), the Malta Association for the Councelling Profession (MACP) and the Ministry for Social Solidarity.

Minister Falzon said that this service will be offered for free.

During the press conference, Remenda Grech, Agenzija Appogg operations director explained that in one month since the government launched the helpline 1172, over 2000 calls were received.

Grech also explained that those who contact them for assistance will benefit from 8 counselling sessions then they will be assessed to confirm if further sessions are required.

Minister Michael Falzon said that the fact that people are using the helpline is positive but in itself worrying as that means that the coronavirus pandemic is creating further burdens to the people, families and the elderly.

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