A conference on psychological support for veterans took place in Kyiv on 29 October, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the European Union and the Netherlands.
Due to the long-lasting conflict in eastern Ukraine, the issue of psychological assistance to non-combatants affected by the fighting and to ex-combatants remains urgent, with growing demand among professionals for improved mental health methods for providing psychological support.
The conference – ‘Mental Health: Ukraine. The World. The Future’ – covered cognitive processing therapy for dealing with traumatic events, scientific approaches to selecting the best practices of psychosocial care, standards in psychotherapeutic work with trauma, and the latest scientific approaches to providing psychological assistance to ex-combatants and people whose psychological state has been affected by armed conflict.
“This is an important element of national security, because the ability of each veteran to contribute to the development of their own business and community, and to strengthen civil society, depends directly on their mental health,” said Minister for Veteran Affairs Yuliia Laputina.
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