Ukrainian-German Conference on Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Rehabilitation

A medical conference to support mental health, psychosocial support and rehabilitation in Ukraine took place in Berlin on 1 and 2 February 2024. The conference was held under the patronage of the two First Ladies Olena Zelenska and Elke Büdenbender and focussed on trauma care and the prevention of long-term consequences. The spectrum ranged from acute trauma surgery care and medical support by taking over patients with oncological diseases that can no longer be treated in Ukraine, especially in the paediatric and adolescent sector, to traumatic war injuries that cannot be treated or are difficult to treat given the destruction of hospitals by air raids.

Professor Jörg M. Fegert had been invited to speak in both his capacity as head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy at the University Ulm and ESCAP President. 

Read his conference report here.

Ms. Oksana Zbitneva, Head of the Coordination Center for Mental Health in Ukraine, presented insights from the Global Mental Health Study conducted for the Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen by the British company Alligator and analysis by BDRC, part of the BVA family, in collaboration with the Mental Health Coordination Centre of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as part of The All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program, initiated by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska. Ms. Zbitneva kindly made the presentation of the study results available to us. View the presentation.

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