S’porean doctor helps Ukrainian grief counsellors

SINGAPOREAN Dr Ann Toh is drawing on her expertise in dealing with grief, bereavement and loss to co-lead an initiative that will support frontliners in Ukraine.

Currently in its pilot phase, it will see trained volunteers buddied up with caregivers, such as healthcare workers, counsellors and humanitarian workers, in Ukraine.

The aim is to prepare the volunteers to provide peer support for people around them in Ukraine.

“As the international community, we want to show solidarity and support our colleagues in Ukraine so that they know they are not alone.

“We will serve from the back end and support them,” said Toh, a children’s home hospice physician.

The initiative is one of several that she and her colleagues are organising, said Toh, who also lectures at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

The first training session by the grounds-up coalition she is co-leading – the Ukraine Psycho-social Palliative Care and Counselling Coalition – was held virtually on Thursday.The group is a collaboration between representatives from palliative care and counselling organisations worldwide such as the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation and the World Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work Network. — The Straits Times/ANN

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