Keeping Well is here to support staff impacted by the situation in Ukraine and Russia.

As the situation develops there are many staff who will be understandably worried and distressed about the hostilities in the Ukraine and surrounding regions.

This will particularly be the case for those staff who have family and friends living in the Ukraine (or relatives and friends who are British citizens who live there), or in other parts of Eastern Europe or Russia, who may now be concerned and worried.

For many staff this could be a difficult time, either for those with family and friends affected but also because of the concerning media coverage of these developments.

For anyone struggling or who would like support in relation to these issues, please do contact the Keeping Well team. We have a range of ways to get in touch with us:
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The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has published a message to all Ukrainian health and care staff in the UK, which you can read here.

Free Ukrainian Translations of Trauma And PTSD 

Psychological Tools have translated a selection of trauma psychoeducation resources into Ukrainian and are making them available for free to everyone to download and use.

How Trauma Can Affect You

Download now: How Trauma Can Affect You [Ukrainian]
This is an illustrated information handout designed for children and young people. It describes and normalizes common reactions to traumatic events, including feeling scared, having unwanted memories, or having nightmares and sleeping badly.

Symptoms experienced post-trauma can be physically and emotionally powerful, and can feel especially disturbing if the person doesn’t know why they are occurring. This resource can help children and adolescents to understand that they are experiencing normal reactions to powerful events. It can also be used to help wider family and other people to understand how young people might be feeling.

Reactions To Trauma

Download now: Reactions To Trauma [Ukrainian]
This is an information handout designed for adults. It describes symptoms which commonly follow trauma – including re-experiencing symptoms, hyperarousal, and avoidance. It also gives helpful pointers about what to do to help someone who has experienced trauma.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Download now: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [Ukrainian]
This is a guide designed to help people with PTSD to understand more about their condition. As well as a description of trauma, symptoms of PTSD, and effective treatments, this guide explores key maintenance factors for PTSD including: unprocessed memories, beliefs about trauma and its consequences, and coping strategies including avoidance.

Written in a friendly and explanatory way, this guide is a comprehensive source of information for those with PTSD. The concepts are explained in an easily digestible way, with case examples and accessible diagrams.

If you're looking for further self-help around coping with trauma or PTSD visit our page here.

Ukrainians have put together a list of credible organisations where foreigners can donate. These are charities you can donate to in support of the people of Ukraine.

The Disasters Emergency Committee

You can donate financially here.

Unicef

You can donate financially here.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has set up an emergency appeal to raise funds for food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water.

You can donate to their fundraiser here.

Come Back Alive and Army SOS

Come Back Alive is a Kiev-based charity that fundraises for Ukraine’s military, the charity’s website provides instructions on how to donate from abroad, which can be found here.

Razom for Ukraine

Razom for Ukraine’s emergency response will use donations to purchase and deliver essential goods, translate important documents and sources, share vital information, and put volunteers on the ground.

You can donate to its fundraiser here.

United Help Ukraine

The charity provides a PayPal link for donations on its Facebook page, which can be found here.

Sunflower of Peace

Aims to prepare first aid medical backpacks for paramedics and doctors. You can donate to Sunflower of Peace via its Facebook page here.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine

Delivers humanitarian and medical aid to soldiers and their families, as well as to those who are affected by military conflict.

The non-profit’s website provides details on how to donate via PayPal here.

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