One year on: The impact on the mental health of people affected inside and outside of Ukraine is growing
February 24, 2023
February 24, 2023
This grueling year has devastated the lives of millions of people, bringing psychological harm as significant as physical injury. We are preparing to expand our mental health interventions alongside cash, shelter, medical care and urgent assistance to help people manage the harsh winter with power cuts and water shortages.
– Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Secretary General
The IFRC Membership in Europe is running its biggest mental health response in history as millions of men, women, and children struggle to cope with the anguish and stress of the crisis. It has exposed people to extremely distressing situations. Many have lost loved ones, their homes, and their jobs, and others have witnessed traumatic events.
The psychosocial support includes setting up 470 humanitarian service points – a humanitarian service point is a physical location, where people could access basic humanitarian services and support, ranging from first aid, medical care, shelter, food and water distribution, hygiene and sanitation, psychosocial support, and family tracing and reunification.
The psychosocial support additionally included setting up child friendly spaces, ensuring the care of more than one million children. See our Ukraine Response page for more information on the importance of ensuring a safe space for children and how to set them up.
We have been able to reach people in almost all regions of Ukraine. We are working in 20 out of 24 regions – including Kyiv – and still, we see the need for basic psychosocial support
– Anna Didenko, Head of the MHPSS Unit in the Ukrainian Red Cross Society
In our latest Heartbeat of Humanity podcast, Anna and Bethan Mcevoy, MHPSS delegate for the Danish Red Cross in Ukraine, discuss a year of MHPSS response – for those who fled the conflict as well as to those who are internally displaced within Ukraine – and the MHPSS needs moving forward.