We betreuren wat de mensen in en rond Oekraïne op dit ogenblik moeten meemaken. We weten dat de kans groot is dat een heel aantal mensen ook mentaal hieronder lijden.
In de hoop om de mensen waarmee we in contact komen zo goed mogelijk te helpen vanuit een traumabril hebben we volgend materiaal verzameld.
Moest u zelf op de hoogte zijn van andere informatiebronnen die best gedeeld worden, aarzel niet om het ons door te geven.
There has been a workshop by Roger Solomon on EMDR in Acute situations as an overview
Information and resources to help you
The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) website lists resources for mental health professionals and people affected, including psychological first aid. There are resources in Ukrainian.
Among the ESTSS resources is a link to the comprehensive toolkits offered by the Mental Health and Psycho Social Support network (which highlights resources available in Ukrainian under its “resources” tab). This includes links to many documents in multiple languages, e.g. a Psychological First Aid fieldwork guide in Ukrainian and in English, and Support for People Separated from Family Members.
Combat veterans and their families may also be triggered. The organisation Combat Stress – for veterans mental health – says it is experiencing a rise in calls from veterans who are finding their anxiety, hypervigilance and memories of traumatic experiences to recur. It has a Ukraine webpage and a free helpline 0800 138 1619 or text 07537 173 683 or email.
Phoenix Australia provides this short, downloadable factsheet with ideas for supporting a friend or family member affected by a disaster: Phoenix Australia tip sheet.
For refugees and asylum seekers, the Red Cross offers guidance.
The British Medical Association has also developed a toolkit to help identify key needs in these populations and ways that some of the challenges can be overcome. And the Health Psychology Management Organisation Services lists a comprehensive encyclopaedia of charities which help refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The website It’s Complicated collates UK-based counsellors who are offering free psychological therapy to people directly affected by events in Ukraine.
An article on the Psychology Today website lists ways that people can practically help Ukrainians, if they feel powerless and want to do something.
The British Psychology Society also has the following documents relating to trauma generally, which may be of help: Early interventions following a disaster Supporting adults affected by major traumatic incidents: Advice for families, friends, caregivers and other supporters
Coping with Doomscrolling
Obsessed? Frightened, Wakeful? War in Ukraine sparks return of doomscrolling | the Guardian
Ukraine conflict: How to help yourself, your kids and others | BBC News
Children and Young People
For those responding directly, go to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Psychological First Aid manual and associated downloadable resources: