Resources on Mental Health Impact on War in Ukraine
Please note this updated set of resources designed to address the needs of clinicians concerned about meeting mental health needs created by the crisis in Ukraine.
Josh Morganstein, M.D., Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Disaster Committee, and a faculty member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Center for Traumatic Stress, recently shared a valuable set of resources for mental health professionals which I thought might be helpful to all of us going forward.
The US is far from Ukraine but we know that there are many Americans with Ukrainian ties as well as many American military servicemembers, Veterans, and family members who are either directly affected by events in Ukraine or who resonate strongly with them because of past experience. Finally, it is likely that at least some of us may come into contact with refugees in the not too distant future.
Some important tips for clinicians to help protect the mental health of refugees, immigrants, and those displaced during crisis situations include:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers these resources for children and families who need support:
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University also offers resources for psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals, humanitarian responders, and community leaders helping support those impacted:
How to Help
The following are a few of the organizations supporting Ukrainian citizens and others affected by the war through volunteer work or charitable donations: