Samopomich - psychological aid to war victims in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has resulted in unimaginable human suffering. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled their homes and are trying to find safety either in the country or abroad. Others are sheltering in homes, bomb shelters or cellars, while their cities are pounded by Russian artillery. With days passing the severity of the attack is becoming worse and worse. Millions of Ukrainians have fled their country, the number of deaths must be already in the thousands. Villages, towns and cities are turned into ruble, reminiscing the destruction of World War Two.
In response to the worsening situation, and in order to support friends, colleagues and the general population in Ukraine, the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP), together with the Czech National Institute for Mental Health and the Georgian NGO GIP-Tbilisi, has developed a platform to provide guidance to both mental health professionals and the general population how to deal with the psychological consequences of the war. The platform provides information and advice how to maintain your mental health, what to do in time of distress to help yourself and also where to go in case professional help is needed.
The platform can be found via the following links:
A website with resources and information where people can turn for help is currently being developed and is reachable via www.samopomi.ch
During the first month of the war the facebook page was viewed eleven million times.