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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 50-56

Volunteers as helpers in war-related distress

1 consultant child psychiatrist, head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Child Mental Health in Ljubljana, Programmes director of the Foundation TOGETHER-Regional Centre for Psychosocial Well-being of Children and president of the Slovene Philanthropy- Association for Promotion of Voluntary Work
2 English teacher, programmes coordinator of the Foundation TOGETHER-Regional Centre for Psychosocial Well-being of Children, and coordinator of voluntary work in the NGO OSMIJEH

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Nowadays, the mental health profession is aware of the importance of the social network for the coping and healing processes in persons affected by war. In war-related circumstances the natural social network is impoverished or lost. Volunteers represent a possibility for the enlargement and enrichment of the social network. They can specially contribute in various ways to the empowerment and well-being of children affected by war and of refugee children. This article describes the activities of volunteers of different provenance and in different war-related situations.

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