Samopomich - psychological support to Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has resulted in unimaginable human suffering. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled their homes and are trying to find safety either in the country or abroad. Others are sheltering in homes, bomb shelters or cellars, while their cities are pounded by Russian artillery. With days passing the severity of the attack is becoming worse and worse.

In response to the worsening situation, and in order to support friends, colleagues and the general population in Ukraine, the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP), together with several partners, is developing a platform to provide guidance to both mental health professionals and the general population how to deal with the psychological consequences of the war. Click here for more information.

Psychological Aid to Ukraine

Samopomich – psychological support to Ukraine

FGIP, together with the Czech National Institute for Mental Health and GIP-Tbilisi, has developed an on-line psychological aid program. The first Russian-language version, samopomoch, was developed in the fall of 2020 after the repressions started in Belarus. It provides advise to the general population via social media, resources for mental health professionals through a special website and provides free on-line consultations to Human Rights Defenders.

Since the war in Ukraine started, a similar program has been developed in Ukrainian. The platform provides guidance to both mental health professionals and the general population how to deal with the psychological consequences of the war. It advices how to maintain your mental health during times of crisis, what to do to combat e.g. panic, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts and also where to go in case professional help is needed. A team of Ukrainian speaking psychotrauma experts are answering the many dozens of requests for help on a daily basis. With a growing team of experts we direct people to professional help in surrounding countries and are now setting up a support program for first responders who are facing burnout and the risk of secondary trauma.

The platform can be found via the following links:




We also have a website with resources and information where people can turn for help:

Since the start of our Ukrainian-language program on February 28 the Facebook channel had over eleven million views.

We also have channels in Russian, which can be accessed:




If you want to support our work, your donations are most welcome. You can make your donation here:



Help Ukrainian Psychiatry SURVIVE

FGIP and the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association (UPA) have started an international fundraising campaign to raise the necessary funds to continue and expand a program to deliver humanitarian aid to mental health institutions in Ukraine. The coordination center is located in the Western Ukrainian town Lviv, where material aid is collected and then prepared for shipment to the various facilities in the country. Two 22-ton trucks with aid have already arrived from The Netherlands, organized by a group of Dutch friends of Ukraine and donated by Dutch health organizations. 

We are coordinating the provision of aid on basis of a careful inventory of the needs to make sure that help is provided as effectively as possible. So far we have been able to provide aid to mental health and other medical facilities in a dozen cities in the country, mostly located near the front line.

Coordinator of the program is Dr. Tatyana Dergach, chief psychiatric specialist of the Ukrainian penitentiary who herself is a refugee from Donetsk (2014) and Kyiv (2022).

For this purpose we have opened a crowdfunding page that can be visited at

Donations can be made through this website or by using the following link:

United States:

Also in the United States a fundraising campaign has started and a new website has been opened for this purpose. The website can be visited at

United Kingdom:

Donaions can be transferred to the bank account of one of our partners:


Bank: Cooperative Bank

Account number: 65739895

Sort code: 089299

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Psychiatry in Russia again a regular method of repression


The international foundation Human Rights in Psychiatry – FGIP (FGIP) has published a new report on the resumption of political abuse of psychiatry in the Russian Federation. The report includes more than two dozen new cases in which psychiatry was used as a means of silencing a human rights activist, political opponent or a religious believer, and also provides information on abuse of psychiatry within the penitentiary system and forced sterilization of psychiatric patients.

The report is the fourth published by FGIP over the past decade and the most disturbing one. Because of the fact that political abuse of psychiatry is gathering a systematic nature, FGIP has requested the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) to review the information and take appropriate action.

FGIP was originally established in 1980 to organize the international campaign against political abuse of psychiatry in the USSR. In 1983 it managed to force the withdrawal of the Soviets from the WPA, and six years later successfully lobbied to have the Soviets return only under conditions of reform and releasing all victims of political abuse of psychiatry.

In Soviet times approximately one-third of all political prisoners wound up in psychiatric hospitals.

The report can be downloaded in English here

The report van be downloaded in Russian here

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Help us help our Ukrainian colleagues!

FGIP has been working in Ukraine for more than thirty years and has a huge community of friends and colleagues there. FGIP is doing everything possible  to help them during these difficult times. We have started a large-scale psychological aid program for the victims of this military conflict. A new self-help program was been set up in Ukrainian that provides resources to mental health professionals and helps the general population to deal with the psychological consequences of this war. Please support us with your donation.