| The service offers attention to those people affected in their emotions by the situation created by COVID-19 | A team of almost 130 evangelical professionals and volunteers are involved in the project The Evangelical Baptist Union of Spain (UEBE) has promoted a solidarity project in collaboration with the Group of Evangelical Psychologists (GPE) to provide a psychological care service to those people who, due to the situation created by COVID-19, are seeking that kind of help.
The Evangelical Baptist Church of Eagles has also joined this solidarity project. "I have time for you" is the name of this initiative, which arose due to the demand for help from psychology professionals within the evangelical churches in these weeks of confinement by COVID-19, and to which it has also joined Diakonia, the entity that brings together and coordinates evangelical social action in Spain. Leandro Roldán, a Diaconía volunteer collaborator, psychologist and member of the GPE, explains that the most alarming consequences for many people during this period are obsessive thoughts related to various fears: fear of contagion, the economic future, the duration of loneliness, in cases where the person is alone at home and also has advanced age, etc. Roldán also points out that uncertainties and doubts recur in situations like this that most of us experience for the first time and that can generate anxiety and eating or sleep disorders or disorders.
Grief processes have also been generalized due to significant losses, from loved ones, from the job, or from physical contact with the closest emotional people.
On the other hand, close coexistence can generate an increase in the loss of patience and self-control, or the desire to cry frequently among other emotions. Leandro Roldán recommends calling "I have time for you" to those who are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and to anyone who needs to vent and check that someone is actively listening.
"Telling our story is therapeutic in itself and if the person receives any professional advice, they will feel calmer and more secure." From Diaconía it is recalled that anyone interested can call 930 4000 63, from Monday to Friday.
For his part, UEBE Secretary General Daniel Banyuls reports that behind that telephone number "there are 17 evangelical psychologists and more than 110 volunteers from UEBE churches" willing to pay attention to those who call, with the greatest interest.
Source: Diaconía, UEBE / Edición: Actualidad Evangélica.