Amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, mental health professionals are offering support through an evidence-based app and in-person workshops, recognizing the crucial “golden hours” after trauma and the need to attend to both physical and psychological first aid.
The recent Russian invasion of Ukraine has put an enormous strain on mental health in the country. In the early stages of trauma, a golden hour of opportunity opens to limit long-term mental health damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Friends. First Aid app provides evidence-based advice for Ukrainians to help reduce the risk of developing PTSD, anxiety and depression. The app is a part of a European Union-funded project on psychosocial support for Ukrainians in bordering countries. The First Aid of the Soul initiative has also provided support groups for around 6,000 Ukrainians so far, helping to strengthen the country’s resilience.