Educational Trauma Resource Centre to support those experiencing the traumatic situation in Ukraine
As psychiatrists and mental health professionals, we know it is not only the physical effects of the war in Ukraine that are detrimental for the Ukrainian society, but also the mental health effects. As well as supporting people with mental ill health, supporting everybody’s mental health is key.
Below you will find a number of trusted sources and resources in Ukrainian, Russian and other languages to help us support and guide our response to the mental health challenges people from Ukraine are facing.
This page will be updated as we receive more and new information. You can submit any resources developed by your own organisation here, stating that the resource is for this purpose. We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back regularly.
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Resources from Trusted Partners
EPA Trauma Resource Centre
Following the situation in Ukraine and its tremendous impact on the mental and psychosocial wellbeing of people, the EPA and its partners have collected key resources on how to cope with trauma and humanitarian emergencies. This page will be continually updated with research, guidelines and multimedia material as more information becomes available.
The resources are available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.
Report and Guidelines
IASC Resource Package on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for the Humanitarian Response in Ukraine and Neighbouring Countries – Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
Available in English and Ukrainian.
Presentation on Psychological First Aid For All – WHO.
Available in English.
Operational guidance, mental health & psychosocial support programming for refugee operations – UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Available in English.
Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies – WHO and UNHCR.
Available in English.
Recommendations for dealing with people in crisis situations and following difficult life events – Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe.
Available in English, Ukrainian and Russian. (Also available in German, Hungarian, Romanian, French, Polish, Slovak).
Videos and E-Learning Modules
Webinar on the Principles and Practice of Psychological First Aid – Royal College of Psychiatrists (27 May 2021).
Video available in English.
Free eLearning module on “Complex humanitarian emergencies: mental health and psychosocial response” – Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Available in English.
Free Psychosocial Support
You will find below a list of initiatives and information provided by EPA members, the EPA is not responsible for materials or information provided in third party websites.
Free online psychological support at the Polish Ericson’s Institute, available Polish, English, Ukrainian, Russian and German.
Facebook Group with free psychological support, available in Ukrainian and Russian.
Online platform for Russian-speaking therapists who want to provide free consultations, available in Russian.
Self help material from the Pompidou Group
The Pompidou Group, together with leading European psycho-trauma experts, has developed recommendations on how people can better interact and communicate with persons who have experienced a crisis or difficult life event. The recommendations were developed at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior and in light of the traumatic situations experienced by the Ukrainian population due to the ongoing Russian hostilities in Ukraine.
The recommendations are now available in 10 languages, which can be downloaded below:
Resources from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
The RCPsych has built up a body of knowledge from the response it has provided to other international emergencies, and has put together some essential resources for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine (these are all in English, unless stated otherwise). These include:
The impact on children is described well in the following paper War hits children first.
Information for parents, carers, family and friends:
Information in English
Information in Ukrainian
Подолання наслідків травмуючої події - coping after a traumatic event
Посттравматичний стресовий розлад (ПТСР) - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The College Library provides access to eBooks including this volume. To access please use the eBooks tab in the journals and databases search to look for ' Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness Evaluation and Treatment'.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Ersthelfer: MHFA offers "20 tips for people who care for refugees" to support all those who currently look after refugees and take them in. (These are available in German, Russian, Ukrainian).
Also, the evidence-based MHFA guidelines for Mental Health First Aid for Depression, Suicidal Thoughts and Traumatic Events are available (German, Russian, Ukrainian).
You can find “20 tips” and guidelines here.
ECNP traumatic stress network
National Institute of Mental Health of Czechia & F-GIP
Resources from WPA Scientific Sections, Standing Committees & Working Groups
WPA Section on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (WPA-CAP) (All resources are in English, unless otherwise stated)
Material for Parents and Teachers
Material for Mental Health Professionals
Interventions that help the helpers: A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions targeting compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization in mental health workers (Doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Chicago) - Bercier ML.
A scoping review of vicarious trauma interventions for service providers working with people who have experienced traumatic events. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse - Kim J, Chesworth B, Franchino-Olsen H, Macy RJ. 2021 Mar 9:1524838021991310
Secondary traumatic stress among mental health providers working with the military: Prevalence and its work-and exposure-related correlates. The Journal of nervous and mental disease. Cieslak R, Anderson V, Bock J, Moore BA, Peterson AL, Benight CC. 2013 Nov;201(11):917
A Components-Based Practice and Supervision Model for Reducing Compassion Fatigue by Affecting Clinician Experience. Traumatology. Advance online publication. Miller, B., & Sprang, G. (28 January 2016)
*Disclaimer: WPA reserves the right to select what is published in this resource library. Inclusion on this page should not be considered an endorsement of the information shared. WPA provides this library only as a means of sharing resources from, and between, its trusted partners. Any advice and recommendations on this page should be attributed directly to the document's author and are not necessarily the advice or recommendation of WPA.