The "Ariadne" project implements an innovative service under the responsibility of the non-profit/non-governmental institution "Intensive Care Forum". This project provides a psychosocial support service for children of critically ill patients hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Nicosia General Hospital. The unique characteristic of the aforementioned service is that the interventions are also available through telecommunication systems.
Another significant factor is the limited access of underage family members of critically ill patients in the ICU. For this reason, children are not able to visit this special department that provides intensive care medicine to their parent/legal guardian. There is also a further point to be considered. Parents/legal guardians avoid having conversations with their children/teenagers -related to the condition of a critically ill patient- in order to protect them. Consequently, children/teenagers become isolated and alienated, in particular from those who could offer help, such as their parents/legal guardians. At the same time, isolation and alienation may cause undesired emotional and learning problems, as well as adjustment difficulties. Bearing in mind that psychological support for children/teenagers, provided by professional Psychologists and/or Social Workers, is not frequent (because symptoms are not recognized in time or are underestimated), parents should turn their attention on this issue.
An equally significant aspect of this service, provided by "Ariadne" project, is the fact that the distance psychological sessions are available through modern information technologies and telecommunications, by using web applications and video conferencing software, which deliver high quality audio and video to all participants.
The "Ariadne" project is funded by sponsorship from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants) implemented under the program "Funds for Non-Governmental Organisations for Cyprus 2009-2014" (contract number EEA/CY03/3.9.).
It's worth mentioning that the Intensive Care Forum, in collaboration with the Department of Intensive Care of Nicosia General Hospital, provides psychological support to critically ill patients and their families the last few years. These psychological sessions take place in a specially equipped office, located near the Intensive Care Unit on the 2nd floor of Nicosia General Hospital, by a professional Psychologist.