Institute sets up help for front line Ukrainians

Published: 21 August 2014 at 14:50

Charities to help civilians affected by conflict in Eastern Europe

Psycho-social support for people caught up in the fighting in Ukraine is being organised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Anglia Ruskin’s Veterans and Families Institute (VFI) is working with the newly-formed Ukraine Support Foundation to mobilise charities providing trauma risk assessment, trauma therapy and brief cognitive behavioural therapy to Ukrainians who have been affected by the conflict there.

The groups will work with Ukrainian psychologists, who will deliver the interventions on the front line. It is hoped that offering support to people affected will reduce the risk of them suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the future.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, Director of the VFI, said:

“The situation in Ukraine is dire. Lots of people have been killed or injured, including ordinary men, women and children in the areas where the fighting is going on.
“People are very worried and it is vital that they get the support they need in this time of crisis. We are working with several organisations to aid the provision of training for psychologists and other staff to work with those affected.”

Agencies it is hoped will be involved in delivering training and support include EMDR Europe, Children and War Foundation, the Institute of Mental Health and March on Stress.

More than 1,000 people are fleeing the conflict area in eastern Ukraine every day, according to recent figures from the United Nations. As well as the thousands of lives lost, homes in the region have been destroyed and services such as running water and electricity have been disrupted.