In front-line Zaporizhzhia, the topic of mental health is more relevant than ever. Currently, many programs of psychological support and assistance are available to the residents of Zaporizhzhia. Among them, in particular, is the support project for women — “Quiet Meetings”.
“Quiet Meetings” is an initiative created by women for women. These are free face-to-face psychosocial support groups for women facilitated by experienced psychologists and psychotherapists. This is a place where a woman feels cared for; it’s an island of safety where you can share your emotions and experiences. The format of a small support group of 8-9 women allows you to maintain a sincere, calm, harmonious and soulful atmosphere, and the presence of professional psychologists-facilitators makes this experience more effective and safe. Project specialists use only evidence-based methods of psychological assistance.
In this interview, we spoke with Hanna Kolesnichenko, director of the “TYSHA” public organization, about the work of “Quiet Meetings” in Zaporizhzhia. In particular, we learned about the peculiar features of these meetings, how and for whom these support groups work; how you can get there and most importantly: how to facilitate living conditions in a front-line city.