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Ukrainian refugees in Europe: a crisis in mental health services | Culture and Society | Social issues from the depths of Germany and the Arab world | DW


Experts say the need for mental health care has increased dramatically across Europe as more than five million people have already left Ukraine to experience trauma.

Lucas Wells, executive director of the Federal Association of Psychological Community Centers for Refugees and Torture Victims in Germany (BAfF), estimates that one-third of Ukrainian refugees develop depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“If the suffering of these people is not addressed through counseling, support and treatment, they can develop chronic illnesses that can result in major health burdens for decades or even lives,” said Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), a German editorial network in Wells.

The number of people suffering from depression is increasing

For his part, IOM President Antonio Vittorino shared a similar assessment earlier this week that in situations of massive displacement, about 30 percent of the population is expected to experience some sort of negative psychological impact. . He said the number would rise “undoubtedly” if the war continued and intensified.

Refugees and immigrants claim to have psychological problems, but they are not always comfortable discussing them.

In early April, post-traumatic stress disorder expert Rita Rosner said the number of Ukrainian refugees exposed to severe psychological trauma and mental health problems would increase in the coming weeks and months.

Rosner, a professor of medical and biological psychology at Catholic University in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, says:

Not enough resources

Lucas Wells appealed to the federal and state governments in Germany and the European Union to provide quick and adequate funding for the psychological and social care of refugees affected by torture and war.

Wells says the number of mental health care providers for refugees in Germany – the largest country in the EU – and the largest number of refugees across Europe – was already low before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Now, experts fear that the already long waiting lists will be longer than those of counselors.

“Health is a human right,” Wells said. “However, the vast majority of people in Germany seeking protection from torture, war and persecution are left alone in the face of their traumatic experiences.”

Assistants are also at risk

Meanwhile, Rita Rosner has also warned about volunteers helping refugees from Ukraine. He said they could be prone to chronic mental health problems.

He added, “Now, everyone watches the news all day. You try to get as much information as possible. But at the same time, you can not do much to change anything. That is why you have to be so careful. You get this message every day.”, He said. As IBD told the news agency

“This also applies to providers,” Rosner continued. “They need breaks, especially for first-time helpers. They need to work harder on themselves and build a safety gate without ending up with violent stress.”

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