UKRAINE: PROFESSIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE PSYCHO-SOCIAL SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF WAR
In 2022 and 2023, the GFA BRIDGES team supported the Mental Health Program for Ukraine with a total of EUR 41,807 for the ongoing training of psychotherapists and psychosocial support for victims of war. The GFA-funded initiative is well connected with the mental health project in Ukraine that is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
This assistance enables the translation and production of teaching materials and provide training for 120 psychotherapists to counsel people who experienced traumatic events during the war. In the second phase of the project, the therapy sessions conduct in-person in various cities of the country, or remotely via phone or video calls. The team produces communication and visibility materials, including videos, to increase publicity of these services, raise awareness, and, eventually, additional funding. A dedicated GFA staff member provides coordination and supervision of this initiative.
This project was initiated by Heiko Königstein from GFA.