Adolescents will receive necessary care and support through new hotline in Georgia
Tbilisi, GEORGIA. 14 July 2020. Adolescents with mental health problems, and drug and gambling addictions will be able to benefit from free counseling through a new hotline established as part of the specialized child hotline 111. The child hotline is a joint initiative of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, Labour, Health and Social Affairs and UNICEF. The goal of the hotline is to respond to the immediate needs of children and adolescents during the COVID–19 pandemic.
Ms. Sopo Kiladze, Chairperson of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, Ms Ekaterine Tikaradze, the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, and Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia, visited the hotline’s operational centre today, to monitor the ongoing work of the new service – the adolescent hotline – from when it became operational.
"Creation of this hotline is a very practical support that UNICEF is providing to adolescents." - Ghassan Khalil
“Amid the global pandemic, adolescents and young people are more at risk to develop mental health and psychosocial problems, as most mental health conditions emerge during this period of life,” says Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “Unfortunately, globally, gambling and drug abuse have increased among adolescents. So, the creation of this hotline is a very practical support that UNICEF is providing to adolescents.”
The hotline is operated by the Agency for State Care and Assistance for the Victims of Human Trafficking and has so far taken more than 600 calls, with more than 450 cases closed after receiving the needed assistance. UNICEF provides technical assistance and covers the costs of the service until the end of the year.
To reach the hotline, adolescents, children and their families should dial 111. The number is operational during working days from 10am till 7pm with all calls from Georgia being free of charge.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/