With so many major events occurring right now, it can be difficult to figure out how to support others. In this blog, we will be focusing on two major topics - the Russian invasion in Ukraine and mental health.
While it has only been about a week since the Russian invasion in Ukraine, there are about 2.9 million people who need assistance according to the United Nations. A humanitarian crisis is occurring with millions fleeing hoping to become refugees in other countries and escape war. War impacts people’s physical, mental, and emotional health. There is an urgent need for basics such as food, water, medical supplies, and housing.
Being on the other side of the world can make it seem difficult to support the Ukrainian people. There are three main ways to aid others - donating money, taking action, and absorbing reliable information. By donating money, one is providing direct funds for organizations to mobilize support, to purchase supplies, and to offer financial assistance to those in need. Doctors without Borders is an organization that provides medical assistance. Prior to the escalation in events, they had clinics focused on tuberculosis and HIV care as well as other activities. Since mid-February, they have been providing emergency response operations.This link provides more details about their efforts as well as information about donating. For more information about other organizations to support, explore NPR’s article for information about UNICEF, Voices of Children, Sunflower of Peace, International Committee of the Red Cross, Save the Children, UN Refugee Agency, CARE, and the International Medical Corps.
Other ways to support Ukraine is through taking action and staying informed. If you prefer to take action, join a peace protest. Here is a link of some occurring worldwide. Staying informed with reliable information is also essential. Globalcitizen.org suggests checking out #UkraineFacts and this link to AFP’s fact check.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health has been a major topic. Everyone has collectively gone through trauma, and it has impacted people differently. Support your family and friends by asking questions, listening attentively, and being responsive to topics of mental health. Expressing concern and letting someone know you’re there to help is essential. Here are other tips from the NHS in order to help someone.
If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-8255 to receive free and confidential support.
In times of hardship, we, at Cold FAid, hope you take time to care for your mental health as well as support the health of others around you.