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2020.05.19 09:14

Lithuania to hire 200 psychologists to tackle Covid-19 effects on mental health

BNS 2020.05.19 09:14

Lithuania's government has approved measures to address the pandemic's long-term effects on mental health.

The plan, approved by the government's Covid-19 crisis committee on Monday, calls for expanding the availability of psychological counseling and additionally hiring more than 200 psychologists, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.

“We'll strengthen emotional support hotlines for children, seniors and other groups,” he posted on Facebook. “We'll set up regional mobile rapid response teams and improve specialists' competencies.”

The committee also decided to give support to non-governmental organisations which, according to the prime minister, have been actively providing assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the society during the coronavirus outbreak.

In an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, a nationwide quarantine was introduced in Lithuania on March 16 and was last extended until May 31.