Third psychosocial centre opens in Ukraine

A third psychosocial centre that International Alert supports in Ukraine has opened to help victims of a conflict that has killed over 9,000 people and left over 1.2 million internally displaced.

‘Forpost Help’ centre was unveiled in Dnipro, a city in south-central Ukraine, with a traditional blessing by representatives of the Orthodox Christian Church. The Mayor of Dnipro attended the opening alongside the Governor of the Dnipro Region and Chairman of the Regional Council.

The centre provides psychosocial support for internally displacement persons (IDPs), former combatants, and others affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It is the third centre which has opened in the country this year, with others recently being launched in Kyiv and Lviv.

All centres are EU-funded and being run together with our partner the Global Initiative on Psychiatry - Tbilsi (GIP-Tbilisi). They are using a new multidisciplinary approach that was developed in Georgia to help victims with all aspects the recovery and reintegration process.

“We have a highly qualified multidisciplinary team that includes trained psychologists and lawyers, who can provide assistance and support to those that have suffered as a consequence of the conflict, and who are trying to rebuild their lives”, said Elena Podolyan, Head of the Dnipro centre.

The city’s Mayor Boris Filatov also spoke of his pride at Dnipro opening such a centre and outlined its goals.

“A mental health centre for trauma therapy - a communal multidisciplinary centre that provides comprehensive services to all victims of military actions on the territory of Ukraine, and aims to serve as a model for establishing similar centres throughout the country.”

The three centres are being run as part of our EU-funded psychosocial seeds for peace project, which is being implemented with GIP-Tbilisi together with a wide range of Ukrainian partners.

Find out more about our work in Ukraine.