People experiencing mental health and addiction issues can find it difficult to find help with their problems. With support from the European Social Fund (ESF), the ‘PNOI Prevention Centre’ project provides personalised care to Greek residents in distress.
Katerina was struggling with her mental health and becoming extremely anxious. ‘For a long time, during the pandemic I felt bad,’ she explains. ‘I had panic attacks many times. I was depressed.’
She credits a friend with putting her in touch with the project team, who arranged access to the counselling and mental health support she urgently needed. Six months on, Katerina finally feels positive again.
‘I feel and sleep better, panic attacks are very rare, I think positively about myself, and I have started to put my life in order,’ she explains.
The project focuses extensively on providing support during mental health crises, and addiction relapse prevention. This involves, for example, providing information services on addiction issues, and educational programmes for parents on how to support children during drug and mental health crises. The project also arranges counselling to strengthen relationships within the family or friendship network.
The project has been a great success, having implemented 50 large-scale mental health and drug-abuse prevention interventions – which have helped more than 2 000 people.
Katerina attests to the project’s success, saying ‘I am thankful and recommended [the project] to everyone.’
- Project name
- Centre for the prevention of addictions and the promotion of psychosocial health in Mytilene – ‘PNOI’
- Prevention Centre "PNOI”
- More than 2,000 people benefited indirectly and more than 20 people benefited directly
- Project start
- Project end
- Internet and social
- Contact details
- Mr. Panayiotis Giannoglou, Project coordinator and Head Of Unit
0030 22513 52039
Mr. George Plakotaris , Head of Managing Authority
0030 22513 52010
- Total budget
- EUR 188 094
- EU Budget contribution
- European Social Fund – EUR 150 475