News : New Helpline Launched for Young People
Nicosia, Cyprus, March 4, 2016 -- Education Minister Costas Kadis says young people in Cyprus facing social problems at school or at home can now call 1410 to get help.
Speaking to state radio, Kadis said psychologists at his ministry had teamed up with the Youth Board of Cyprus to boost the 1410 helpline and offer a wider range of services for pupils or young people wanting advice or help.
"This is not a new line but a number that has been active since 1999," said Kadis. "But we have done is join forces with the youth board to offer a better outlook and a better reach to young people."
"Our target is to help those individuals subjected to things like bullying or violence whether it be at school or at home. They can also use this number to talk anonymously about problems – even sensitive or personal ones – that may be happening with their teachers, with other pupils or at home."
When asked about who will be manning the telephone service, the minister said that both the ministry and the youth board will be responsible.
"We have already hired specialist sociologists and psychologists and trained them especially for this hotline. This is an initiative that we are very pleased to have close to completion.
The 1410 helpline will operate between 10am and 11pm between Mondays and Fridays and 3pm until 11pm on weekends.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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