Help Ukrainian Mental Health

The war in Ukraine is causing unimaginable human suffering. Ukrainians with severe mental illnesses are trapped in facilities that have been bombed, living in basements together with hospital staff and lacking basic needs such as running water, heat, electricity, and medications.  

At the same time, the Russian invasion has triggered a staggering mental health crisis across the Ukrainian population. Our counsellors advise people stuck in bunkers with dead relatives, women who have been raped by Russian soldiers, mothers seeking for guidance for their children traumatized by the relentless shelling. 

In response to the crisis, the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP), together with Ukrainian and Western partners, is supplying basic necessities to frontline hospitals and is also providing web-based and in-person guidance to first air responders and the general population dealing with the psychological consequences of the war. 

Given our direct connections with the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association, we can guarantee aid is delivered when and where is needed the most—your donation will not go to waste 

Globally, we seek to raise $500,000. In the US, where we seek to raise $100,000, we already raised $25,000. Please help us. 

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What’s FGIP: 

The international foundation Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP) is a network of non-profit NGOs in the field of human rights mental health with the mission to support the development of humane and ethical mental health care services in countries where structural human rights abuses in mental health occur. 

Over its 42-year history, FGIP has trained thousands of mental health professionals across the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and South-East Asia to implement modern, human rights-based and consumer-oriented mental health care services. The FGIP’s original goal to improve living conditions in psychiatric hospitals and put an end to forced hospitalizations of, among others, political opponents of the dictatorial regimes, soon grew into establishing patient-focused mental health programs in place of existing punitive structures. Instead of locking people behind bars, the FGIP trains mental health professionals to provide their patients with needed treatment and support and focus on integrating patients back into the community.

FGIP maintains a presence in the US as GIP-USA.