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ARTREHUB is a volunteer-based initiative that provides psychological rehabilitation to veterans. Art rehabilitation therapy sessions are held once a week at the military rehabilitation center near Kyiv. The ARTREHUB’s team has been working with veterans since 2017.
Psychologist Oksana Sliepova works with families of veterans, fallen soldiers and internally displaced persons using dog-assisted therapy: a method of positive psychosocial influence on people with the assistance of trained therapy dogs. According to Oksana, the list of problems that children are currently facing includes panic attacks, depression, night terrors, fear of the dark or of being alone.
Oksana Sliepova has been working as a psychologist for more than 19 years at the Kyiv-Sviatoshyn Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation of the Population, which was founded to help people affected in Chornobyl tragedy.
The Malteser Relief Service launched ‘Mobile Space for Games’ project to provide psychosocial support to children in an entertaining form. Three specialized teams on buses filled with game and sports equipment go on trips around Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia regions. Each team consists of psychologists, entertainers and art therapists who organize the so-called “smart entertainment.”
In this way, experts help children cope with psychological trauma caused by the war, as well as facilitate integration of refugee children in new communities. They plan to help 8,000 children as a part of the project.
Up to 100 children of all ages take part in “smart entertainment” during a single trip.
Malteser Relief Service has been providing psychological support to the people affected by the war since 2014. With the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the work of the psychological team was expanded.
Psychologists provide both group and individual consultations. They work in shelters, transit centers for refugees and displaced persons (for example, train stations and border crossing points) and in inclusive child care centers. They also work with schoolteachers and with people in hospitals, who have lost their limbs due to the war, and so on.
Journalists are invited to learn more about how psychologists work.
Fore reference: Malteser Relief Service is an international charity working in 120 countries. It has been operating in Ukraine for 32 years. Malteser Relief Service has a number of branches in Ukraine and the main office in Lviv.
Father Tykhon is a Greek Catholic priest from Maryinka in Donetsk region. In 2014, when russia first tried to seize the region, Father Tykhon was captured because of his pro-Ukrainian activities. After his release, he was forced to leave his home. Currently, he works as a priest and a psychologist in Lviv. He helps not only the military, but also civilians, in particular, refugees and parents of captured Ukrainian defenders.
Since 2014, Olha has practiced the profession of a military psychologist. In 2018, she retired from work and together with her team founded the Veteran Hub — a space that supports the war veterans, as well as their close ones.
At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the woman joined the ranks of the patrol police (just when the enemy was breaking through to the capital city). Subsequently, together with the police, she went to the Kyiv region territories liberated by the Ukrainian military and helped local residents. And in the summer, she joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where she continues to work as a military psychologist.
The mission of the Ucare.me project is to restore the mental health of Ukrainians. People can get free help from qualified specialists online via the project’s website. Since the project started working, its specialists have already helped about 1,000 Ukrainians. More than 80% of those who use services of Ucare.me are women, a quarter are internally displaced persons.
The “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization launched the project entitled “Psychological Support for Women in War”, within the framework of which it brought together a team of qualified psychologists to provide defenders at the front line with individual consultations.
Consultations take place online from any trench or position. Each military who applies for help is given 8–10 sessions with a psychologist. In order to contact a specialist, the defender only needs to write a message in Telegram and be sure that her mental health is in safe hands.
For reference: Since March 2022, “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization has been supporting the female defenders at the front line with the necessary ammunition, uniforms, shoes and boxes with “women’s humanitarian aid”.
The renovated Mental Health Center launched in Lviv will provide free consultations for Ukrainian military and their families. The Center plans to employ at least 8 specialists: psychiatrists, psychotherapists, a psychologist and a cognitive-behavioral therapist. Over the past five months, specialists of the Mental Health Center within the National Rehabilitation Center “Nezlamni“ have been advising civilians and military personnel affected by the war on a daily basis. Now they will do that in updated comfortable settings. All expenses for repair and equipment of the Mental Health Center premises were covered by the Lviv IT Cluster.
The Center for Mental Health has started working in Lviv. There, Lviv residents and refugees can receive help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, and sexologist.
Lviv City Council noted that according to statistics, every third person in Ukraine suffers from a mental health disorder. A person may not even recognize that they have such a disorder. In the meantime, a family doctor can recognize this and refer such a person to the Center for Mental Health. Such centers are planned to be opened in every polyclinic of the city.