Online mental support during COVID reaches 500,000 youth

Online mental support during COVID reaches 500,000 youth

The pandemic negatively influences the health condition of adolescents living with HIV, especially those who are in lack of one or both parents or who are living in poverty. Isolation, logistical breaks and informational pressure cause treatment interruptions. To tackle this issue, Teenergizer from Ukraine applied for a grant from the Aidsfonds COVID Response Fund.

Read below how Teenergizer managed to engage 500.000 adolescents in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region with online psychosocial support during isolation.

What has been done?

  • 25 support groups have been conducted, engaging 234 adolescents living with HIV
  • Online counseling was offered, reaching 582 young people with HIV
  • 5 meetings with 10 interns adressed HIV prevention; discrimination; peer-education; advocacy; training management topics
  • 30 calls supported adult-coordinators in delivery of individual professional counseling
  • 7 broadcastings, targeted at empowering youth during the pandemic engaged 1852 people
  • 12 online trainings “how to stay normal during outbreaks” engaged 117 young people with HIV 
  • 2 videos have been developed and shared on slocial media, reaching almost 500,000 young people in the region
What has been done?

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- @Зохаһ99 on Instagram

Next steps

Continuous psychosocial support to adolescents living with HIV in the region was crucially valuable during COVID-19 challenging times.

Attention to adolescents living with HIV during regular support groups and online-counseling responded to a high demand. Online broadcasting, trainings and the videos provided valuable support to the adaptation of young people to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Teenergizer and other stakeholders should put even more effort to support young people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.

The Teenergizer resources and activities have attracted a lot of attention from young people. The hope is that social network users will continue to address the Teenergizer team for peer-counseling or professional psychological support.

Woman with a laptop in an online meeting
Online call with regional Teenergizer teams from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Ukraine. Photo: Polina Nikitina

More on COVID-19 and HIV

The COVID-19 pandemic is strongly affecting the HIV response. Local and regional partners face increased difficulties to reach their communities in need. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit our COVID-19 page to learn how the AIDS response is affected and working in the current circumstances.

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