IASIS has plenty of experience and expertise in the field of psychosocial support. More specifically, IASIS has developed Crisis Intervention teams consisting of experienced staff and trained volunteers, who with specific methodology, provide support to the populations that have been affected by some extraordinary condition (natural disasters, severe weather etc.), both during the crisis and afterwards, at the level of recovery and empowerment.
Since 2017 and 2018, when flood victims were supported in Mandra Attica and fire victims in Rafina and Mati Attica, until today, when the fire-affected areas of North Evia, Penteli, Pallini, Anthousa and Gerakas are holistically supported, IASIS intervenes supportively in crisis situations, organizing, providing mental health first aid and other support services, through its experienced staff, trained volunteers of Connect Your City Youth Centers, and the Fabric Republic.
It is worth mentioning that IASIS together with the Argo Federation of Mental Health Agencies and its member agencies, provide support to the population of North Evia in the areas that were affected by the fire and the flood on a daily basis from August 8, 2021, supporting and mapping the needs of approximately 2,500 people, sharing over 10 tons of clean clothing and basic necessities, and supporting 60 villages of N. Evia. Now, one year later after the devastating fires, it remains in stages in the area, providing the population with psychosocial support, empowerment through trainings and implementing awareness actions.
At the same time, in 2021 in order to support the region, it organized the Digital Love Marathon “The solution is you”, the first virtual telethon which was broadcast live for 30 hours with the participation of more than 80 guests. In addition, IASIS through its staff and its network of volunteers, supports the affected people in the areas of Penteli and Pallini every day by providing them with material and psychosocial support (first aid items, medical care, etc.).
IASIS has practically stood by the side of the Ukrainian people since the first moment when the Russia-Ukraine war broke out. More specifically, IASIS responded directly to the humanitarian crisis by collecting basic necessities, long-lasting food, clothing, hygiene items, blankets, bedding, etc. A group of staff together with volunteers of IASIS crossed the Romanian-Ukraine border twice and found themselves inside the refugee camps with the aim of offering immediate humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people.
The intervention of IASIS in crisis situations in numbers:
- 2,738+ people received psychosocial support in North Evia
- 50+ mental health professionals and 50 volunteers provided psychosocial support in North Evia
- 200+ connections were made by IASIS staff with psychosocial support services
- 25+ tons of food and 7+ tons of clothing were donated to fire-affected areas of North Evia
- 113+ interventions in crisis situations in Athens
- 35+ interventions in crisis situations in Thessaloniki
- 800+ first aid items in the areas of Penteli, Pallini, Anthousa and Gerakas
- 22+ tons of basic necessities were offered to Ukrainian refugees
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