Psychology students in Ukraine are using online chat to help vulnerable teenagers to banish thoughts of suicide, bullying, and anxiety. The online counseling sessions last just an hour, but for many of the teenagers, it may be the first time they have been heard, understood and offered advice from others. Relationship problems are the main reason for calling, but counselors also discuss bullying, HIV, sex, COVID-19, misunderstandings with parents and loneliness. The consultations have been made possible thanks to the Teenergizer movement, which brings together teens from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Teenergizer, with support from the United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and ING Bank, designs and implements projects for teens, raising awareness of HIV, physical, and mental health. Any teenager from Ukraine, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Georgia can apply for psychological help online, free and confidential.

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