Mental Health in Emergencies
Conflicts, natural disasters, and other humanitarian crises exacerbate the risk of mental illnesses. Nearly all people affected by these emergencies will experience psychological distress, with, according to the World Health Organization, one in five having a mental illness. Post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia depression and anxiety are amongst mental health issues faced. It is more likely that older people and marginalized groups will develop mental health disorders. Stressful events such as violence and loss as well as poverty, discrimination, overcrowding, and food insecurity are common in emergencies and can increase the risk.
Social story for children leaving Ukraine.
Ukrainian children that have left their country will be experiencing a whirlwind of intense emotions and stress on their mental health. This social story has been designed to be given to Ukrainian children to help them process some very big feelings at an incredibly difficult time.
The following resources are available in both Ukrainian and English and can be downloaded here:
- in colour ENGLISH | UKRAINIAN
- in black and white to colour in ENGLISH | UKRAINIAN
- as a comic strip type story for social media ENGLISH | UKRAINIAN
- in open art design files should you wish to adapt or translate further
The story is provided under creative commons and all are free to use.